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1 H ACKING Y OUR M EMORY Learn faster. Be smarter.

2 A BOUT M E Microsoft Developer – C#, F# Former Development Manager Former Enterprise Architect, US Airways Currently writing the next Great Windows 8 Killer App in order to Get Rich Quick. Blog:

3 A GENDA Story telling: The Experiment The Case for Memorization Three Key Concepts Foundational Memory Hack: Engaging Your Memory Foundational Memory Hack: Subverting Location Foundational Memory Hack: Beating the Numbers Wrap-up and Review Resources

4 T HE E XPERIMENT Initial result: Seven plus or minus two

5 T HE E XPERIMENT R EVISED 5 minutes. 43 presidents. 100% retention at two weeks. 80% retention at four weeks. 1. George Washington 2. John Adams 3. Thomas Jefferson 4. James Madison 5. James Monroe 6. John Quincy Adams 7. Andrew Jackson 8. Martin Van Buren 9. William Henry Harrison 10. John Tyler 11. James K. Polk 12. Zachary Taylor 13. Millard Fillmore 14. Franklin Pierce 15. James Buchanan 16. Abraham Lincoln 17. Andrew Johnson 18. Ulysses S. Grant 19. Rutherford B. Hayes 20. James A. Garfield 21. Chester A. Arthur 22. Grover Cleveland 23. Benjamin Harrison 24. Grover Cleveland (again) 25. William McKinley 26. Theodore Roosevelt 27. William Howard Taft 28. Woodrow Wilson 29. Warren G. Harding 30. Calvin Coolidge 31. Herbert Hoover 32. Franklin D. Roosevelt 33. Harry S. Truman 34. Dwight D. Eisenhower 35. John F. Kennedy 36. Lyndon B. Johnson 37. Richard Nixon 38. Gerald Ford 39. Jimmy Carter 40. Ronald Reagan 41. George H. W. Bush 42. Bill Clinton 43. George W Bush 44. Barack Obama

6 T HE E XPERIMENT R EVISED 1. African Lion 2. African Wild Dog (cape hunting dog) 3. Aldabra Tortoise 4. Andean Bear 5. Arabian Oryx 6. Asian Elephant 7. Bald Eagle 8. Bornean Orangutan 9. Capybara 10. Cheetah 11. Chilean Flamingo 12. Coyote 13. Crowned Pigeon 14. Desert Tortoise 15. Fennec Fox 16. Galapagos Tortoise 17. Golden Conure 18. Golden Lion Tamarin 19. Grevy Zebra 20. Hamadryas Baboon 21. Mandrill 22. Meerkat or Suricate 23. Mexican Gray Wolf 24. Mhorr Gazelle 25. Mountain Lion 26. Ocelot 27. Palawan Peacock Pheasant 28. Prairie Dog 29. Radiated Tortoise 30. Reticulated Giraffe 31. Rhinoceros Hornbill 32. Ring-tailed Lemur 33. Rothschild's Mynah 34. Spotted Necked Otter 35. Squirrel Monkey 36. Sumatran Tiger 37. Thick-billed Parrot 38. Warthog 39. White Faced Saki 40. White Rhinoceros

7 T HE E XPERIMENT Initial result: Seven plus or minus two Final result: 100+

8 M ODERN A SSUMPTIONS Premise: Memorization is very expensive. Premise: We are very busy. Premise: We have Google and Bing. Conclusion: Memorization isn’t cost effective.



11 Store information here Do thinking here

12 T HE L IMITED A CCESS P ROBLEM See Pragmatic Thinking And Learning, Andy Hunt

13 T HE M ENTAL T OOLBOX Thinking ToolsMemory ToolsImagination Tools LogicBrainstorming ArithmeticMind Maps AlgebraMeditation CalculusCollaborative Writing StatisticsStream of Consciousness Critical ThinkingFree Association Etc…

14 T HOMAS A QUINAS – 1225-1274




18 E DUCATION IN THE M IDDLE A GES Trivium Grammar – the mechanics of language Logic – analysis and thinking Rhetoric – communication Invention Arrangement Style Memory Delivery Quadrivium Geometry Arithmetic Astronomy Music

19 T HE C ASE FOR M EMORY : S UMMARY There is evidence that having more facts in your brain leads to better thinking. There is evidence that Google is not a substitute for knowing stuff. Training in how to use memory was a foundational part of a classical education for hundreds of years. The techniques work, but require considerable effort. Imagine doing math without any kind of training. That’s what you’re currently doing with your memory. Specific memory techniques exist to help you remember faces, numbers, conversations, large sections of text (word for word), large sections of text (Cliff Notes version), lists, sequences, and relations.

20 K EY C ONCEPT : M EMORY R ULES How the decides if something is worth remembering: 1. Will it keep you from getting eaten by a tiger? 2. Is it new? Is it novel? 3. Is it relevant for understanding social norms? a) Is it gossip? b) Does it illustrate where social boundaries are? 4. Is it emotionally charged? 5. Will it get you food, safety, or prestige? 6. …. 7. Lots and lots of repetition

21 K EY C ONCEPT : T HE N ETWORK The problem is not storing the memory; the problem is accessing the memory.

22 K EY C ONCEPT : M EMORY T YPES We suck at remembering Abstract anything Numbers Anything we aren’t emotionally engaged with Anything we perceive as routine We excel at remembering Location Emotions Sights Smells

23 F OUNDATIONAL M EMORY H ACK E NGAGING Y OUR M EMORY 1. Care. 2. Get emotional. 3. Make memory explicit.

24 F OUNDATIONAL M EMORY H ACK S UBVERT L OCATION Many names for the same thing Method of Loci Memory Palace Memory Journey Memory Theatre Demo

25 F OUNDATIONAL M EMORY H ACK B EATING THE N UMBERS 01: Captain America 02: Captain Marvel 03: Deadpool 04: Hawkeye 05: Hulk 06: Iron Man 07: Spider-Man 08: Spider-Woman 09: Thor 10: Wasp 11: Wolverine 12: Doctor Doom 13: Green Goblin 14: Red Skull 15: Batman 16: Superman 17: Wonder Woman 18: Walt Disney 19: Natalie Portman 20: Billy Crystal 21: Christopher Hitchens 22: Ellen Degeneris 23: Regina Spektor 24: Hugh Laurie 25: Omar Epps 26: Scott Guthrie 27: Lucille Ball 28: Pink 29: Mark Twain 30: Stephen Hawking 31: Albert Einstein 32: Carl Sagan 33: Darren Brown 34: Jennifer Anniston 35: Bill Gates 36: Natalie Imbruglia 37: Sam Harris 38: Ricky Gervais 39: Sandra Bullock 40: Adolf Hitler 41: Lenin 42: Stalin 43: George Washington 44: John Adams 45: Thomas Jefferson 46: Abraham Lincoln 47: Teddy Roosevelt 48: FDR 49: Harry Truman 50: Hymen Rickover Etc…

26 M EMORIZATION D EFINED The explicit, emotional, creative act of storing information in your brain using a disciplined, structured approach. Memory does NOT “just happen”. Repetition, while often necessary, should be minimized.

27 H OW TO R EMEMBER 1. Develop a Memory Toolbox 2. Explicitly decide to remember 3. Use the right memory technique for the data to be memorized

28 T HE M ENTAL T OOLBOX Thinking ToolsMemory ToolsImagination Tools LogicMethod of LociBrainstorming AlgebraPeg SystemMind Maps CalculusMajor SystemMeditation StatisticsLink SystemCollaborative Writing Critical ThinkingPAO SystemStream of Consciousness Critical AnalysisDominic SystemEtc… Chunking Memory Theatre Etc…

29 S UGGESTED R EADING Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer Pragmatic Thinking and Learning by Andy Hunt Mindhacker by Ron and Mary Hale-Evans The Book of Memory by Mary Carruthers Max Your Memory by Pascale Michelon Blog:

30 W HAT I F ? What if you memorized a list of design patterns, their uses, strengths, and weaknesses? What if you could easily recall all the WCF hosting options, including their tradeoffs and which environments support which options? What if you could quote the agile manifesto word for word? Or the 12 core principles of agile development? Learning another language? What if the time to learn new vocabulary words was cut by a factor of 5? Or 10? Learning another computer language? What if memorizing a list of ALL of the keywords took only an hour? What if you could actually learn and visualize most of the.NET (or WinRT) namespaces?

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