How To Increase Your Memory And Forgetting Capacity To Unearth Hidden Knowledge

It’s a strange paradox of history that we learn things over and over, until our memory becomes just a little bit too big. Even the most complex secrets are hidden within that are forgotten much faster than you think, depending on who you ask. It is easier to remember just six words than to remember the whole truth. What you need are the right habits and tools to help you discover those precious, forgotten truths.

Learning is not about memorization. It’s about understanding. We start learning through the act of trying to figure things out or understanding them a little bit better than before. We start to understand, and we begin to forget in a very particular way: we can remember a single fact while forgetting more specific versions of it, or even the whole history a fact represents.

The memory trick that most people are familiar with is the trick for retaining more information – the one where you say a name to yourself and say it again. So say your name to yourself and say it again, then say it four more times, etc. You repeat this for about 10, 20 or even 40 times. With practice, each time you say your name you will become better at remembering it and will actually be able to remember the name even without saying it to yourself again.

That trick can be very effective for keeping a few pieces of a puzzle together. But learning something more complicated is an entirely different matter and requires a different way of thinking. You can memorize the concept of how to make a cup of coffee, but you can never really get through the math behind the technique without the mathematics. You can study the concepts behind how a computer works, but unless you grasp the underlying math, you cannot really understand, much less use, it.

With the power of what we call “cognitive maps” you can actually use the knowledge of the concept you are learning to better remember the facts you are learning.

Cognitive maps are made up of two distinct parts, the knowledge itself and a strategy for how to best store this knowledge.

As you begin learning something, a map must be developed of what you’ve been learning so far to be able to refer back to it when you need to learn more. As a general rule, you should always start with what you’re learning, or what you can learn immediately. For example, when you’re learning a new language, you might start learning the grammar and then try speaking it yourself. It’s quite often that you will only be able to use some of the concepts you’ve learned up to that point, and this is when you start to refer back to your map of the language to find the important information that you can use to build a complete understanding.

When you’re learning about the mechanics of a machine, or the structure of a building, a map must be developed which will help you find the important features related to how a machine actually functions, how it’s built and how it’s used. For example, if you’ve been learning the basics of calculus, a good map might look like this: How does a normal differential equation work and when it can fail? A basic graph of what is going on? How is the function defined and what kinds of answers have been given before? Do the different answers add up to 1,0, or –1?

If you’re taking physics and you get stuck, you might need to re-examine whether you actually understand something until you can understand it on your own.

These are just a few ways to think about creating a map. The point is you need to try to remember the knowledge you’re learning in a format that makes sense to you, that makes sense to your friend and your family, and that is easy to refer back to. In addition to this, your personal map must be consistent and unique so you don’t forget.