The more tightly we entrench a new piece of information we already know, the more likely we can remember it. People who have sharp associations linked to their memories are more likely to remember them. The more we sort out our environment, the more we recollect it.
Science and art of memory involves developing a capacity to link unrelated facts and ideas. The more facts and ideas at our disposal, the better we develop new ideas. One needs the right piece of information at the proper moment. Invention is the capability of inventorying. To invent, one needs a property inventory, a bank of ideas to draw on. This involves finding the right piece of information at the right moment.
Regardless of age, top achievers practice focusing their technique. This includes goal orientation and getting immediate feedback on their performance. To improve mental performance, how you spend time practicing is more important than the amount of time spent. Regular practice isn’t enough. We have to fail and learn from our mistakes. Here are quotations from Doctor Albert Einstein.
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
The only real valuable thing is intuition.
A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.
I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.
Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."
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Source: Joshua Foer, “Moonwalking with Einstein, the Art and Science of Remembering Everything.”