How Can You Learn Things Without Having to Memorize?


Answer by Evan DeFilippis, Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action

Do you ever wonder how Jeopardy champions have so much seemingly unrelated knowledge in their brain, how many hours they must have spent memorizing trivia? Ask any of them how they memorize so much information, and you would be missing the point.

There is no memorization involved. The only thing trivia champions, top students, Renaissance men, Nobel Laureates, and so on, have in common is that they are crucially and bizarrely interested in EVERYTHING.

Take sports, for example. I have friends that can recite entire rosters from different football, basketball, and baseball teams, they can tell you who won the big tournaments at what time, and so forth, but they are completely unable to memorize historical dates without excruciating labor. Sports buffs don’t dedicate any time to studying sports trivia, it’s simply interesting to them, and therefore inherently more memorable. Our brains are literally hard-wired to effortlessly internalize and reproduce information– our survival depends on it. So, you just have to make yourself believe that this piece of information is really important.

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