A really worthwhile, thought-provoking TED Talk by science journalist, Joshua Foer.
We live in a world of gadgets and technology that has made us externalise or, as Joshua puts it, “outsource” our memory that we’ve forgotten how to remember – a natural human function.
Joshua talks about the U.S. Memory Championships and speaks from his personal experience in using the technique, the Memory Palace, that people use to train their brains to remember ridiculous amounts of information in a short time.
“Great memories are learned. At the most basic level, we remember when we pay attention. We remember when we are deeply engaged.
We remember when we take a piece of information and experience and figure out why it is meaningful to us, why it is significant, why it is colourful; when we’re able to transform it in someway that makes sense in the light of all of the other things floating about in our minds”
This quote is something that we, as science communicators and teachers, ought to think about on how we can make our students or audience to remember the tons of information that we want them to know about.
And on a more broader note, in life as a whole, I leave you to think and ponder on his closing statement:
If you want to live a memorable life, you have to be the kind of person who remembers to remember.