Learning Activity: Range Excerpt (David Epstein)

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I am currently reading a book called Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, by David Epstein, and I came across this activity (listed below). I have only just started to read the book, so I cannot really explain what it is about yet. However, I found this particular exercise super insightful into learning about the human brain.

“Take ten seconds and try to memorize as many of these twenty words as you can:

Because groups twenty patterns

meaningful are words easier into chunk remember

really sentence familiar can to you much in a.

Okay, now try again:

Twenty words are really much easier to

remember in a meaningful sentence because

you can chunk familiar patterns into groups.”

I hope you found this exercise interesting, and I think it really demonstrates that what we consider a good memory is just a concept. I doubt that anyone was able to memorize the first 20 words in 10 seconds, but I am sure that almost everyone could get the second paragraph (the same 20 words!). This is a very simplified example, but it does demonstrate that there are certain ways to manipulate memory abilities.

I have always been interested by the concept of a photographic memory, and how easy it must make life for people who have one; after doing this exercise though, I am curious whether some people are just better at pattern recognition, or what exactly makes them have a photographic memory.

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This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.

NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.

I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!

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