School of Phenomenal Memory
I came across this website that promises some pretty ‘phenomenal’ improvements in memory if you complete their course.
Here is their promise:
"After I complete the full course, I will be able to fully control the memorization process. I will be able to manipulate, delete, copy, and edit information I have memorized and keep the memorized information for as long as I need — a few hours, weeks, months, or a lifetime. I will be able to memorize any type of information without any limitation, including medical texts, math, new languages, programming languages, and entire books of any kind. My overall mental shape will be dramatically improved, including attention, visualization, thinking speed, etc."
Anyone ever heard of this or tried it? I’ve done some research on it in other forums and blog reviews and it looks really legit. Basically if you put in the 100 hours necessary, then you get what they promise. Worth it? I can’t think of anything more worth that time.
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I just finished my Memory Unit in Intro to Psych at Lewis & Clark College, and from what I learned in that class, this is a scam. However, I would be really interested to hear how this turns out for you. Looking forward to your posts!
I’m excited to get start on the course, Cameron. As you know I’m not a big fan of the educational system so I’m very much hoping to prove your curriculum wrong :) I’ll be reporting on everything about the course as well as displaying ‘feats of memory’ in detailed video posts.
@jordan, Hey Jordan I’m very interested in phenomenal memory and I’ve heard a lot of different things (i have done tons of research on it for about a year just looking at what people have said) about it and I’m just a high school student so if i were able to come up with that kind of money that would be huge. But i want to make sure it’s legitimate before i make any big moves. Because i read about someone not even getting a refund after realizing that the coarse didn’t work for her even though it clearly states that you will receive a refund if it doesn’t work out for you. I also read that all the testimonials were required if you wanted to get to a new level/coarse. so i don’t want to trust testimonials from the actual phenomenal memory website since they obviously want my money and it could totally be a scam. I know that was kind of long winding but what I’m getting at is i would love to hear from your experience with phenomenal memory if you did in fact take the coarse and are of coarse willing to share and I’m sure others are as well.
@cameron really interested in what pointed to it being a scam in your lecture? i’m really new to all this stuff and don’t really know what to make of it. i’d love it to work but i don’t have any form of expertise in this field. can you shed any light?
I’d like to know how well this worked.
To be honest, anyone who makes extraordinary claims and continuously references itself seems completely illegitimate. But, it does seem like this coarse was taken a while ago, and I’d like to know whether or not it “works.”
@jordan I actually started taking this course about 10 months ago and had to stop after a week or so. First I will explain that it definitely can work (maybe not EXACTLY like a computer, but similarly) and then I will explain why I stopped.
1. So basically you start by memorizing a letter to number code:
0=M 1=N 2=THZ 7=SD 8=WQV etc.
Then, you learn different methods of memorizing long strings of objects in a row. One such method is called the “Chain Method” where you imagine one object in your mind, then imagine interlocking that object with another in a very exact way. So in your mind you have a picture of the two objects linked together (like the leg of a chair sticking into the side of a whale). Then, you imagine that second object, chair, linked to the third… say car (like a tiny car sitting on the flat area of the chair). So in this way, you learn, eventually, how to connect long strings of objects together. The first leads to the second, the second to third, and eventually the 60th to the 61st. Within the first week of doing this I was able to do a list of 75 objects in a row with only a couple mistakes. Anyway, there are multiple methods that you learn like this to help you to string long lists of objects (and eventually ideas) together.
THEN you take those letter to number codes from earlier and use the letters to create images that associate to each letter and number. For instance, 1 is N and Nose, 2 is tHz and Hair. So in this way your brain learns multiple associations with a single “bit” of information. And our ability to recall information from memory is greatly dependent on multiple associations. For instance, if you hear a song or smell something familiar, your mind can instantly jump to a random memory associated with it. In the same manner, when you study a new topic, the more existing you have on it will help you to learn it faster. Well, this code learning helps your brain to do that, eventually, automatically.
2. Here’s why I stopped:
At the time, I was preparing to come here to Korea to teach English. I was studying Korean and doing some marketing consulting at the same time and I thought the three would fit nicely together. But, the problem was that the lessons are so mentally intense that I needed to just veg and chill out after a lesson (they take a maximum of 2 hours and feel as draining at times as a 2 hour workout at the gym). In addition, I was doing these lessons at the office I worked at and I was constantly interrupted, which made the process even more difficult. So instead, I resolved to only studying Korean (which I have since been doing) and I will start doing the Memory course again when I return home from Korea in about 2 months.
If you do decide to do this, I would advise you to be in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Put your phone in another room or turn it off. And plan some time to chill after you do a lesson. They say that you can do them everyday, but I found that too intense. So I started doing every other day. Anyway, feel free to shoot me some questions if anybody got em.