How Important is Memorization?

Jim Mason
Age of Awareness
Published in
4 min readJun 7, 2024

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By practicing it we can learn to control how we grow our own brains

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Our brains, like the rest of our bodies, are living, growing organisms. Like trees, they start small, with some basic structures like the roots, stems, and leaves of plants, and they grow according to the environments in which they live, including the nutrients that they have access to and the physical and chemical influences that they are subjected to.

Unlike plants, we humans can learn to have a lot of control over how we grow our own brains. We may not have much of that control when we are very young, but if our brains grow in a lucky environment of nutrition, emotional support, and information, they can learn not only useful skills but also how to control their own growth.

Most of our brains begin with some specific genetically-determined abilities, including short-term auditory, visual and other sensory memories. And we also have abilities to use repeated short-term memories to grow long-term memories. “Memorization” is a word that English-language users like me use to mean the deliberate conversion of repeated short-term memories into long-term memories.

“Education” is another English-language word, that means “growing a brain”. Most children receive a lot of help from adults, both at home and in schools, with their early education.

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Jim Mason
Age of Awareness

I study language, cognition, and humans as social animals. You can support me by joining Medium at https://jmason37-80878.medium.com/membership