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How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week: 52 Proven Ways to Enhance Your Memory Skills Paperback – December 31, 2006
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The book is a fresh take, with new ideas, on the older memory books sold by Harry Lorayne (who built upon a history of two thousand years of memory techniques). At the heart of it, though, you're still using your imagination and wild, absurd, comical images to relate a fact you need to memorize to a place, an event, a number, or something called "memory of loci" (such as rooms in your house, etc.). Kudos to Dominic for bringing the latter back after the Middle Ages suppressed it.
Dominic adds some fresh ideas to the established ways, or reintroduces methods that Harry and those before him didn't mention. An example of the former: How I Wish I Could Enumerate Pi Easily (3.1415926, the number of letters in each word). Or the latter, as an extended acronym: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain (ROYGBIV, colors in the rainbow). For the music majors among us, Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle (learn some music theory if you don't understand that).
One place where the book is seriously in error is section 44, Binary Numbers. Dominic does the obvious, turning triplets into base 10 numbers. Unfortunately, he apparently has never written a computer program, nor even just a small script. His numbers are SERIOUSLY WRONG. If you don't know binary, don't worry.Read more ›
As of this writing, I have covered about half of this book. There are numerous exercises to "prove" to you that the technique works, but after doing one set and going on to the next, it is easy to forget the first.
Mr. O'Brien uses several different techniques to train/improve the memory. Most of them are all classics that can be found in several other sources.
There is no real consistency throughout the book. Different situations require that the reader use a different techique. Since no one works in all situations, you have to master all of them. This takes up a lot of time.
One saving grace is that by using these techniques, the reader has to really concentrate on what is being read. Just by increasing one's awareness and focus while reading, will increase retention.
It is a good read. Hardly practical or efficient.
I would like to find some technique that can be applied to a wider variety of situations. This way, there would be less to remember initially, less time invested, and greater comprehension. Maybe I'm looking for too much.
What I like most about his book is he breaks it in related sections based on the skill set of the individual reading. Someone who has no experience can begin learning the basics and continue through to cover much more advanced techniques in later sections.
I would recommend this book to anyone with slight to a serious interest in mnemonics.
learning rote memory assignments, like lists of things or people.
The systems the author explains are easy to use. Not everyone has
a photographic memory, this little book offers first rate solutions
for the rest of us.
It was nice because there are 52 chapters so you can read at your own pace, yet you can easily read the whole book in 1 day if desired.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am rating this book a five star. I would like to develop a brilliant memory, because as we age, our mind can disappear,.Published 1 month ago by Dorothy M. Strohm
An easy, fun way to develop your memory. Really cool stuff. It was worth it to me and I've had this book forever.Published 2 months ago by Ryan Arther
All methods in this book really work with me and the size of the books is small so it makes very practical to bring everywhere you go. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daniel
Dominic O'Brien is a memory master and provides good practical advice.Published 3 months ago by Piet
Fair book. It has some good techniques and advises for improving your memory.Published 4 months ago by Christian Genao
Most importantly, it works. I now know most of my personal data by heart without having to fetch my wallet all the time for bank details, passport number, driving license details,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Quelhas