Memory Quirks

No wonder humans and the functions of a human brain is so complex that we can never figure out fully about how they work. Especially the memory part. It is not like a hard disk in your computers where its a WYSIWYG (what you store is what you get). Sometimes I wish I had a Pensieve (like in Harry Potter series). Makes it a lot easier. The other day I was thinking about how I can recall all the car’s license plate numbers of my friends (because we generally car pool when we are out and about during the weekends) but I can’t remember any of their phone numbers. If I lost my phone, I would struggle a lot. After so many years, I have come to remember my sibling’s and parent’s number and for any emergency all I can do is blurt out a number of my family, who is not in the same city. Similarly, I am pathetic with birthdays. Again because they are family, I remember their’s. Otherwise, I don’t remember any of my friend’s date of birth. Since they are awesome, they remind me a day earlier and I add it to my calendar 😉 Sometime back I had been to a bank to draw a draft. There is a new rule that a draft can be issued only for an account holder, of which I wasn’t aware of, but luckily I did have an account with that bank. The only problem being I hadn’t used it in a long time and it got deactivated. When they asked me for the account number to activate the same, I wasn’t able to recall it. But when I took a pen and a paper, I was able to write it down correctly. That was strange. How can I write something down when I can’t actually recall it to tell it out loudly ? Its been more than a year since I used that account. Memories and its tryst with numbers, I always end up dumbfounded with these.

7 thoughts on “Memory Quirks

  1. So true!! I still remember the address where I grew up until my teens… But what shocks me is that I can’t remember a recent password to an account I just built somewhere else lol…

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  2. That’s strange 🙂

    If you want to remember numbers, you can read some books about memory systems such as Harry Lorayne’s Memory Book or Dominic O’Brien’s “How to Develop a Perfect Memory”. They really work (at least for me 🙂 ).

    Btw, thanks for following my blog 🙂

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      1. I’m in the investment banking industry so everyday, I have to meet a lot of people, and I mean A LOT. Hence, it would be very challenging to recall their names, let alone their faces but the memory system for remembering names and faces from Lorayne’s book helps a lot.

        Thank you for appreciating my blog. The whole intention of that blog is to help people who do not like math that much to learn more about the subject. So, if you have any questions, just feel free to ask me.

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        1. I am so glad that I wouldn’t have to meet so many people. I can either remember names or faces. Only rarely both 😉
          I will definitely be checking out more of your posts.

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          1. That’s good for you. The stress that it caused is very maddening sometimes 😛

            That’s one of the reasons why I started my blog, to divert my mind from my work and all the BS that comes with it.

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