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Alec Berg

Get a good book like the one by Harry Lorraine and Jerry Lucas called The Memory Book. I was reading this book on the train and it helped me remember pi to 20 digits. I was so proud of myself for accomplishing such a feat as I realized that I left my umbrella on the train.


I hate to admit it, but I once forgot where I left _The Memory Book_


I'm a musician and I sort of pride in the fact that I know all these jazz standards and pop tunes on the piano. But, in other areas I'm totally scatter-brained and forgetful.

This is a good memory list of things to practice to keep the mind in good shape. I'm into raw foods and the more I eat them the more energy I have, but knowing some raw foods are good for memory is reassuring too.

Great post!

Senthil Balakrishnan

Good post, I always felt brain needs constant training and need to be kept on its toes otherwise you will see the sluggishness creeping in as you get old.


Good tips! I started carrying Moleskin notebooks with me to joy down notes. I review my notes every few days. It helps me process the info better. But I did forget what I was going to do after reading this post!:)


The brain always need exercise. In our society we let others think for us and as a result our brain dies slowly like our bodies.

Jim Randel

Thanks for the comments everyone!! ... I have been reading a lot about how the brain works of late ... so little is really known. There are 100 billion brain cells each of which can connect with up to 10,000 other brain cells. That means there are one QUADRILLION (1,000,000,000,000,000) connections. It's no wonder scientists don't understand exactly how memory works... so, I think for the next couple of decades it is up to us to figure the process out anecdotally and by trial and error ... OK, now what was I about to do?

Coach Lowell

Great tips, thx. Another is to sit quietly or meditate for a short period, relaxing and letting go of your monkey mind. The next moment may be quite lucid and free. And thanks for the tip on how to remember your lock combination. Where *do* you park your bike, Jim?

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I almost always forget a person's name especially if I find him or her uninteresting. It's embarrassing!

Thanks for the tips. I'm doing # 3, 8,9 and 10 all the time though. Maybe it's just that I am not really interested in people (except those who really impress me)..


If you're looking for some further information you could do worse than Fraces Yates' "The Art of Memory"


Remember the number "three". The Mind remembers what it perceives is important to survival. As you get older you selectively decide what needs to be remembered whereas children's brains remember everything.

To trick the "survival mode" of memory into becoming active you can write something down then read it again "three weeks" later.

Then wait "three months" more and read it again. The mind will be tricked into thinking that this MUST be important to our survival and the data will be embroiled into memory. The above is easy to do if you use a "Dayplanner".


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If you don’t like crosswords, try word searches, sudoku or kenken.


It may sound a bit weird to others but what helps keep my memory in check is I do a little math with 3 number combinations everytime and it will help me remember certain telephone number digits or at least some of it and it will help me remember the rest. Easier to remember one number and deduce it to 3 digits than remember 3 digits for me. don't know why.

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