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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Woman That Can't Forget

Scientists are baffled, they have considered different theories, but they always end up with scratch. The woman's memory is so complete they are left without an explanation.

ABC news is reporting:

"Give her any date, she said, and she could recall the day of the week, usually what the weather was like on that day, personal details of her life at that time, and major news events that occurred on that date."

The details of her photographic memory defy explanation. But I do remember one person who was so gifted with memory he amazed all, but he did have a trick called the peg system. And, he knew this memory system so well that he stupefied audiences on the Ed Sullivan show. He would be introduced to the whole audience and could remember over 300 names of those in the audience at the end of the show.

Harry Loraine was a student of memory, and studied every memory system devised, from the early Greeks to the Roman Catholics. But this woman, known only as AJ, appears not to have studied memory but just has an innate ability.

Here is an example of her memory skills from ABC:

That became particularly clear one day when he asked her out of the blue if she knew who Bing Crosby was.
"I wasn't sure she would know, because she's 40 and wasn't of the Bing Crosby era," he says.
But she did.
"Do you know where he died?" McGaugh asked.
"Oh yes, he died on a golf course in Spain," she answered, and provided the day of the week and the date when the crooner died.
When the researchers asked her to list the dates when they had interviewed her, she "just reeled them off, bang, bang, bang."

But that wasn't all she could tell other details of the news that happened on those days. By the way I recommend you give a shot at the peg memory system, you will be amazed how easy it is to make a dramatic improvement in your memory.

1 Comments:

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Kieran said...

I like it when you talk about Pandas. Do you think Pandas have good memories? They don't really have to remember much. It's pretty much "eat the bamboo, eat the bamboo, eat the bamboo." Do you think it's possible for a Panda to have an existential crisis? I don't. I think it's an absurd suggestion.

 

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