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Life is like a Game of Chess
The title for this blog may seem a bit confusing at first so I wanted to explain. I am doing a presentation later this month mainly on memory techniques but also connecting it to the other areas of training. What I want to get through in this presentation is expressing to people how these techniques are actually really useful to everyday life because most people just dismiss them and don’t even try them. So this blog is going to basically be a written version of my upcoming presentation. I hope you enjoy!
Life is like a Game of Chess
Our memory is everything.
Without our memory we would be nothing. We wouldn’t be able to remember how to do anything, we wouldn’t remember our family members or what is important to us, we would be very limited as human beings. People today don’t actually process that. In today’s society everything can be learned from those little rectangles we carry in our pockets, so what is the point of retaining that information?
The point is batteries die. So many people will rely on knowing how to find the information they need on their electronics rather than just knowing the information. That can get you into trouble.
I train and use memory techniques. These techniques include the linking system, a variation on the major system, the journey system, the memory palace system, and a few others. (If you would like to explore my explanations of these systems go here and look under my memory methods section as I won’t be explaining them here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-xku0jigu6ymD4S-k3Ry_y0hXerfujCq2XSeeJPyups/edit )
Some people will listen to how these systems work and decide they are too complicated to use. I actually did pose the question to you about why you don’t use memory techniques and I got a variety of responses. Some responses included:
1. It takes up too much mental energy
2. You don’t know how to use the techniques
3. Humans don’t actually have the working memory capacity to use them
These are responses that I found interesting as someone who does use these techniques. I want to take on each separately.
Firstly, yes, memory techniques take up a lot of mental energy and effort to begin with. But with everything, practice makes them easier. Once you have all of your systems set up it is actually pretty easy to store things in there and does not take near as much effort as rote memorization and rehearsal memorization would.
Next, if you don’t know how to use the techniques the best advice I can give you is to ask someone. Ask me, read my blogs on the topic, something. I will gladly teach you and I really don’t charge that much for lessons, plus these blogs with a lot of information in them are free to anyone.
Lastly, humans do have the working memory capacity to use these techniques because several people use them.
You don’t want to be stuck in a situation and not have the memory you need to move forward. You don’t want to have to spend hours studying for tests. Studies show that those who use memory techniques actually reduce their risk of memory problems when they are older. You want to be able to be in control of your mind and not have to rely on technology for every piece of information you claim you know.
Even if you don’t believe me on the memory alone stance I can show you how it connects to other aspects of life.
There are three things I see as connected and interwoven to serve similar purposes. This starts with a basis of memory techniques. Memory techniques connects to situational awareness and situational awareness connects to inductive/deductive reasoning. I want to show you how these things are important to life.
If you use memory techniques it is not a big jump into situational awareness work. This is because you are already observing what is around you to scout out possible memory palaces. You also need to be able to recall what is around you by using memory techniques. To be situationally aware means to be present and observant of everything around you. It is a lot easier to do this using memory techniques in your recall. You don’t even have to start big. Take this image for example:
Imagine you want to be able to remember what is there when you aren’t looking. Try to just remember three things. Take the table, cut it into three sections in your mind and just remember three things total. You will find that in recall if you remember those three things you will also be able to picture the things around those three things. That is just a very simple exercise that is something you could start with. To up the difficulty go for remembering colors of the things present as well.
From there you can take it to being situationally aware of your complete surroundings, being able to recall minute details because you have chuncked that information using memory techniques.
If you are situationally aware you can prevent dangerous or bad things from happening and avoid those situations because you saw it coming. That is very useful.
Take that a step further into inductive/deductive reasoning. We, on this blog, train in deduction. You need a knowledge base to make accurate deductions. That requires memory techniques to store the knowledge about body language, professions, anything and everything. Then take your situational awareness skills and don’t just apply them for observation. Apply them for inferences and conclusions about what has happened or what will happen. This is deduction at its finest. Use the knowledge you have stored in your memory, be situationally aware, and make conclusions from that.
If you do this, you will be so far ahead of everyone else. You will be able to assess situations on safety, be able to read people, etc. There is no downside. If you learn to connect these three steps then you can win at life. There will be less stress and less danger because you are paying attention and know how to read situations.
I see life as a big game of chess and it is always a goal to be three steps ahead of your opponent. That opponent being everyone else and everything else. These skills can not just be used for safety but also in general well-being of everything. If you work to learn these skills so many tasks in your life will become easier. I never have to write down appointments because it is in my head. I never have to study material as much as others because it is easily stored. I can look at an image and tell so much about you it seems like magic. If that isn’t useful to your entire life then I don’t know what is. But it all starts with memory techniques. Memory is the foundation of everything, treat your brain well.
(If you would like to see examples of my deduction endeavours for reference to what can be accomplished with this training refer to the link above that I included earlier in the blog. I also have a deduction stories section and a deduction game section.)
I hope you enjoyed this mini presentation. I will obviously be doing some actual deduction and memory demonstrations during the actual presentation but I didn’t include those here because I don’t have videos of them and you guys have full access to my blogs of my previous deduction games to see examples. I will also be doing some more in-depth explaining of the techniques for the actual presentation that I didn’t include here because if you read my blogs you better know about this stuff already.
Let me know if you have any pointers for my presentation!
Next Blog: Lochard’s Exhange Principle
I teach people inductive/deductive reasoning and related topics. Most of the information on my blog comes from my own experiences and observations but some of it will also come from various different sources and is just information I use. I don’t claim ownership of information from other sources.
I have been studying these mindsets religiously for a while now and have been practicing memory techniques since I was in the sixth grade. However, I too am still learning. So if you have any suggestions or comments that are helpful to others that I neglect to mention please do so in the comments. I do not claim to know everything there is to know about these techniques. This blog is for educational purposes for me and the readers.
There are several books on the topics which I cover in my blogs. I can send you my working book list if you would like to read them. If you are interested message me.
Also, if you want a source for daily deduction practice material message me.