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S01E23 – The Amazing Secret To Good Memory!

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Episode Notes

Have you ever forgotten someone’s name, or a number? Maybe you want to memorize a speech or prepare for an exam, but lack confidence in your memory?

Have you always wanted a better memory?

You need to check out this week’s podcast!

Maheen talks about one memory technique that will have you remembering on and on and on….

In this episode you will learn:
– How our brains memorize
– How technology has affected us
– The Baker/baker paradox
– One simple technique to help you improve your memory

Episode Transcript

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Episode 20 Welcome to the Muslim law Packers podcast, the weekly podcast providing you with tips and tricks on how to hack your life and maximize its potential. And now for your hosts Mithra maroof and Mahima Lake

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Islamic Muslim life hackers, it's my family care, and I'm going to be presenting this episode of them some life hackers podcast. It's Episode 23 today. Well, as usual, you can find all the links and resources mentioned in this week's episode in our show notes at Muslim life hackers.com forward slash 23. That's the number 23 Okay, so this week as you guys know, I'm gonna be talking about memory. As many of you know, the Race to the Top the Muslim left hackers guide to maximizing your Ramadan. The ebook has just been released. This ebook is essential if you want to learn how to maximize this Ramadan and make it the best Ramadan you've had yet can get the guide at Muslim Lofa

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cause.com forward slash Ramadan. Alright, let's get started. Before we get into the gist of this week's podcast, I want to invite you guys to close your eyes. Just close your eyes. And we're going to do a bit of imagining right now. Okay, close your eyes. And now imagine that your front door, the front door to your house, your apartment, your flat, smashing the front door. Notice the color, notice the texture. What does the handle look like? Maybe there's a window in it. Just keep that in mind. And now imagine that there is a sumo wrestler riding a scooter at an extremely fast paced with the lamb under his arm and is driving straight towards your front door. So imagine this sumo

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wrestler. He's like driving and he's like, going over bumps and he's going crazy. He's going faster and faster. He's coming straight for your front door on his scooter. What inevitably happens is he crashes through your front door. Okay, just imagine a sumo wrestler crashing through your front door with the lamb under his shoulders. And then the door has just gone flying. He's like gone flying as well and he collapses on the floor. And then what happens is that a giant trophy falls out of the sky, on top of you and out of the trophy pups Elmo, the red monster from Sesame Street, singing and dancing. Now as they walk down your foyer or your stairs, whatever comes after your front door.

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Around the corner, you see President Obama dancing on top of your coffee table. Now he's wearing a red and black striped suit. And he's holding a candy cane and he sent me just spinning around and around on your coffee table. Now turn towards your kitchen and on your kitchen. There is a giant wedding cake. Now it's got all these huge layers chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, all the flavors that you can think of just think of the layers on this cake, how delicious it smells, how appetizing it looks, your mouth is rolling. And on top of this wedding cake is a really really big opera singer singing at the top of her voice and she just kind of lying in the wedding cake and then she falls

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flat off onto the kitchen floor. And then next you turn around to look at your fridge. Now your fridge starts to shake. It's rumbling it's crumbling, and out of your fridge doors as the door slam open pops a rainbow unicorn and it's holding an ice cream cone. Okay, so now let's get into the podcast. I want to tell you guys about a story. A few months ago while I was at uni, a friend of mine introduced me to a new girl and all of a sister at the massala it was after prayer if I memory serves me correctly. And so my friend introduces me to this new girl and she tells me her name. Let's just say for this podcast sake Her name is Miriam again I during conversation with Miriam I

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asked her what her name was again as I had forgotten it. And as I was saying goodbye. Once again, I asked her what her name was and she told me very patiently Her name was Miriam have a very like that at this point. Now this has happened to me before where someone hasn't remembered my name. And I feel a little bit invisible. Like I'm not memorable enough for you or something. A few days later, I see this new girl again. And guess what? I had completely forgotten her name. I was melting from embarrassment on the inside. And I just refer to her as lovely and hon. And as we finish our conversation I said bye lovely. And we just parted our ways and I just felt like the shame on

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Just like, she remembered my name, but I couldn't remember her name. And I just felt so bad. So now in light of my embarrassing episode with, quote, unquote meriam, I've been itching to do a podcast on memory memory. So in this podcast, I'm going to be telling you about one memory technique that will help you to increase your ability to remember. So first up, I want to tell you guys about an awesome competition that's coming up. In fact, it happened just a few months ago in London.

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It's kind of like the Olympics just it requires just as much agility is just as fierce and competitive. But there's one thing very different about this competition. This competition is the world memory championships. What is that these memory championships is there are a few guys and gals competing, and accomplishing some amazing feats of power. Now, let me just give you an idea of some of the records that were recently set at the world memory championships. So basically, one of the competitions that competitions that happens is that competitors have to memorize the order of a randomly shuffled pack of 52 playing cards. One guy, his name was Simon Reinhardt. He memorized a

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pack of randomly shuffled playing cards in 21.19 seconds, incredible. Another guy jenice, mellow, a Swedish dude, he was able to memorize 1080 binary digits in just five minutes. Now, in case you guys don't know what binary digits are, they are the number sequences that are like this 1011011101010, and so on, and so on. But in a completely random order, he memorized 1080 of these in order, incredible. Now, now, these are just two examples. The World Championships also increased people memorizing dozens and dozens and dozens of random strangers names, as well as random words and number sequences. So by now, you may be thinking that these people are some kind of super geniuses,

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some kind of abnormal, Big Brain freaks. But I can tell you, you'd be wrong. It turns out that these memory competitors have the same capability for memory that you and I have. In fact, many of them comment that they have average memories. Now, while researching for this podcast, what really triggered me to investigate further into the topic of memory was a TED talk by Joshua fuller about memory. And I've linked to his talk in the show notes, show notes, if you want to check it out later, which I highly recommend that you do. It was a huge inspiration for this podcast. Now, in his talk, he recounts many stories about his investigation into the field of memory, and how he became a

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memory champion himself. And he talks about how memory techniques go back almost 2000 plus years, all the way to the ancient Greeks. There's many mentions of it in Latin antiquity, and then later on in the Middle Ages as well, once upon a time having a train disciplined, cultivated memory was not so strange as it would seem for us today, we can even look back at our own Sahaba, the pious predecessors who were able to memorize 1000s of ahaadeeth, as well as Qur'an with tafsir spendlove. By the level, of course, people used to invest in their memories. So what's happened to us today? Now for any TED Talk also touches upon this. He says, over the last few 100 years we've, we have

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invented by the will of God, many, many technologists, from the alphabet, to paper code, the printing press, photography, the computer, and the utterly beautiful smartphones. And what all of this beautiful technology does, is that it has made it way easier for us to outsource our memories, outsource this fundamental human capacity that we have to memorize incredible technology has changed the world. It has, it has allowed us to do incredible things. But it has also changed us we don't have the need to remember anymore, when we can just google things up or you know, just Bing it or something. And it seems as though we may have forgotten how to remember now at the University

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College London, researchers wanted to examine the brains of some of these memory champions that I mentioned earlier. So they got a few of them. And what they wanted to see was whether these guys have some kind of different brain to us. And were their brains somehow structurally, anatomically different from us. And they found that No, actually, they have the same brains as us. And then they went on to see whether these guys are they smarter than us. And what they found was, Well, not really, but what they did find was when they put these memory champions into an fMRI machine, which is a machine that scans brain

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They put them in while they were memorizing a sequence of numbers and words. And it could be seen that these memory champions were using a different part of their brain, a brain involved in spatial memory. Now, there are a lot of different ways that these world champions of memory use to memorize. But it all comes down to this one concept that psychologists call elaborative encoding. It's a bit of a freaky word. But what elaborative encoding means is it can be explained by this cool paradox called the baker Baker paradox. And basically, people have to remember the word Baker, it goes something like this, I have two people, and I tell one of them, that there's this guy named Baker,

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and that's his name. And then I tell the other person, Hey, remember that this guy is a baker. And then I go away for a while and at some later point in time, and I come and ask the key people, hey, do you remember that word that I asked you to remember? And the one who I told that the guy's name is Baker is less likely to remember than the person who I've told that the guy is a baker. Now, that is a bit of a mouthful. But why does this happen? This happens because Baker as a name doesn't mean anything to us. But Baker as a job. If I say someone is a baker, you can see it, he means something to you. Because they're funny had they covered in flour, they smell like bread, you may even know

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someone who's a baker. So that is the trick to the memory trait. Turning something with meaning it is something that has meaning taking information that has no significance and giving it a context, look and feel. Now later on in this talk, Joshua recounts the old tale of similarities and ancient Greek poet. He utilizes a more elaborative memory technique that has now come to be known as the memory palace. And the story of the manatees goes something like this. Basically, similarities was this ancient Greek poet, and he was hired to recite poetry at a banquet. So he came into this banquet hall, you know, he stood up where he was meant to stand. And he recited his poetry from

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memory. And people were watching him, they're all sitting down in their places, having the food What about they do back in ancient Greek times. And after someone is finished his poem, he got up and he walked up out of the banquet hall. Now, after he walked out of the banquet hall, the whole hole collapsed, killing everyone inside the hole. Now, the buddies inside were so distorted and mangled, that family members couldn't identify who was who, and later on similarities, what he realized was when he closed his eyes, he was able to see each person at the banquet in the place that they were sitting. And so he took each family member and he led them hand by hand to their relative, so they

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could be properly buried or, and stuff like that. So what the story of similarities has demonstrated is that while we know that we might be better at remembering people's very numbers, names, and instructions, we have fantastic spatial memories. You may not remember the first few words of this podcast. But if I asked you if he was racing towards your front door on a scooter, you'd be able to see that very clearly. The memory palace works with the notion that you see your mind as this fixed place. And you fill it with things that you want to remember, the crazier we are, the more bizarre, the more unforgettable it will be. So now what, now you know how it works, I told you with a memory

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technique comes from, I'm going to show you a practical example on how to use it. Say for example, you want to give a speech, or even record a podcast, and you want to remember it the way the ancient Greeks did it. So first of all, you might picture yourself at your front door. And behind you is this giant sumo wrestler on a scooter driving towards your front door, and under his arm is a lamb. And several example that lamb represents the story of Miriam that I told. And so the sumo wrestler crushes through the front door and on top of him lands a giant, trophy, giant golden trophy. And that trophy represents that I should be talking about the world memory championships. And then as I

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walk along, down my hallway, I see President Obama in a red and black striped suit. And that reminds me to talk about the TED Talk with Joshua Fuller, and I turned to my kitchen, and I see a giant cake and on top of the cake is a huge opera singer. And that opera singer reminds me to tell the story of similarities. So I think you know where I'm going with this. you memorize topic by topic, and that's how it's done. Now it may interest you to know that I usually do these podcasts, the script in front of me, I've got exactly what I want to say the examples and everything that I want to include in this podcast in dot points in front of me

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But for this week's podcast, I've actually utilized the memory technique that I've just talked about. And I've turned it into this bizarre example within my head for me to, to help me memorize what I want to save within this podcast. And you know what it works. So you can do it too. So hey, what does this even matter? The fact is that great memories are learned. And at the lowest level, remember, when we pay attention. In this fast paced world, it is easy to be immersed in our BlackBerry's iPhones or whatever. So much so that we may be ignoring the person who's talking to us across from across the table, when we remember and attend this is when we actually connect with the

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world. It makes the world more colorful. So stop letting memories go, especially in the short life that we have utilize the ability that God has given you to be able to retain knowledge about the world and make use of it for the better. The memory technique that I've just told you about works because it makes you work. It forces you to deeply process. And that's how stuff becomes memorable. If you want to live a memorable, rich life. Do not forget to remember. All right, so that's all I've got about memory techniques today. As usual, you can find all the links and resources from this podcast in our show notes. And with the [email protected] forward slash 23. That's the number 23. And

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before we head off, I'd like to give a quick shout out to our listeners in Qatar, Doha. Hey guys, thanks for tuning in and listening. So until next time, aim high take action and be awesome.