PolySciFi Blog

Thursday, March 17, 2005


Where did I put my keys?

I bet these guys never have that problem - they're competing for the title of Memory Grandmaster in the USA National Memory Championship. Now I have a pretty good memory (as do many of the readers and contributors to this site). If I choose to memorize something no matter how stupid, years later I can recall it. Assuming breadth of knowledge and speed of recall is the criteria for measuring memory (i.e., a casual interest in a lot of different subjects), I think I can hold my ground with anyone.

But these guys are doing crazy things like memorizing a deck of cards in 45 seconds and memorizing a 50 line poem in 2-3 minutes (by comparison that used to take me 30-40 minutes in Spanish class).

I am simply in awe of their short term memories.


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