Way back when I was in college, I came to realize that memorizing everything was kind of useless. I mean we’ve been taught to memorize ass loads of information because it was going to be on the test.
But since my major was Electrical Engineering, I spent more time doing math & solving problems rather than purely memorizing. It was more fun to solve a problem rather than regurgitate things by rote.
Oh yes…..and in 2007 when the first iPhone came out and their advertisement showed how friends could answer silly little questions by simply looking it up on your phone……well….
That definitely sealed it. Memorizing stuff is seriously a waste of brain space when you could be contemplating more interesting things.
And last night I watched a Netflix show about our brains and memory. They talked about a Memorization world champion. She could memorize hundreds of numbers within minutes.
Soooooo? How is that useful except for Parlor Tricks and to make a trek from one daytime show to another and yet again to display Parlor Tricks.
Look I realize there is entertainment value……but other than that…..Soooo?
Who do you find more interesting? Elon Musk or the Memorization Champion of the planet? Steve Jobs or the Memorization Champion of the planet?
Instead of continuing to memorize things, let’s use our brain power to find interesting problems to solve…..and solve them. It doesn’t have to be something which changes the whole world. It could be as simple as solving a problem with eating in order to live a healthier lifestyle. Crap…..that would be infinitely more interesting to hear how someone’s life was changed rather than hear about someone memorizing a whole book and then reciting it. Geez.
So seriously…..I think we need to have a look at how having a huge memory bank is considered “Smart” or interesting. Its not. Its pointless.
Whatever facts you’ve memorized can easily be found on your phone.