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In this meetup each person will create a system that will allow you to memorize long numbers. Beginners are welcome!
Having a number memorization system is essential as a foundation to other memory techniques. Once you have a number memorization system, you will be able to memorize things like:
Phone numbers Historic dates Complex passwords Appointment times Lists of information (using number pegs) Any information that involves numbers Number memorization systems also work for memorizing decks of playing cards like in this video (http://mnemotechnics.org/video/world-record-in-speed-cards-ben-pridmore-2009-1333.html).
There is still time to train for the USA Memory Championship (http://www.usamemorychampionship.com/) in March, which is a fun event that is open to people of all levels of ability. Don't underestimate your ability to rapidly learn these techniques to a competition level!
How Does It Work?
We will create a mnemonic image for each number between 00 and 99. These images will be combined with the memory palace technique to allow the memorization of numbers of virtually any length. This is the same method that is used by the people who memorize tens of thousands of digits of pi.
With a bit of practice, you should be able to memorize at least a 100-digit random number in just minutes.
If you want to take a look at how it works, you can read about the Major System (http://mnemotechnics.org/wiki/Major_System), the Dominic System (http://mnemotechnics.org/wiki/Dominic_System), and the PAO System (http://mnemotechnics.org/wiki/Person-Action-Object_(PAO)_System). If you've read the book Moonwalking with Einstein (http://blog.mnemotechnics.org/moonwalking-with-einstein-joshua-foer-1745.html), the PAO System is the technique that was mentioned in the book.
I chose PiQ since it is next to the Berkeley downtown BART station, and parking is also free on Sunday.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email or leave a comment below.
Hope to see you there!
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