Greeks had devised specific memory systems for various tasks; and how, later, the Romans applied these techniques to enable themselves to remember whole books of mythology and to impress their audiences during senatorial speeches and debates. 2. basic systems need not be used only for 'rote' or parrotlike memory, but could be used as gigantic filing systems for the mind, enabling extraordinarily fast and efficient access, and enormously enhancing general understanding 3. The explosion of brain research during the last decade has confirmed what the Memory theorists, gamesters, mnemonic technicians and magicians have always known: that the holding capacity of our brains and the ability to recall what is stored there are far and deliciously beyond normal expectations 4. Your memory is phenomenal. This statement is made despite the following counterarguments:
 Most people remember fewer than 10 per cent of the

names of those whom they meet.
 Most people forget more than 99 per cent of the phone

numbers given to them.  Memory is supposed to decline rapidly with age.
 Many people drink, and alcohol is reputed to destroy

1000 brain cells per drink.
 Internationally, across races, cultures, ages and

education levels, there is a common experience, and fear of, having an inadequate or bad memory.

5. every thought. are attributed to the fact that we are 'only human'. 8. but only if it is not used. and especially in remembering. The human memory is so excellent and runs so smoothly that most people don't even realise that every word they speak and every word they listen to are instantaneously produced for consideration. a statement that implies that our skills are inherently inadequate. Our failures in general. dangerous. fact. . if it is used. everything that they do throughout the entire day and throughout their lives is a function of their memories. recalled. Across cultural and international boundaries 'negative experience' with memory can be traced not to our being 'only human' or in anyway innately inadequate but to two simple. Conversely. recognised precisely and placed in their appropriate context. its ongoing accuracy is almost perfect. easily changeable factors: (1) Negative mental set 2) Lack of knowledge 7. The few odd things that we do forget are like odd specks on a gigantic ocean. incorrect mental set is based on lack of proper training. Nordo they realise that every moment. every perception. This negative. it will continue to improve throughout your lifetime 6. Your memory does decline with age.

the reason why we notice so dramatically the errors that we make is that they are so rare. .Ironically.

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