Homo Duplex wrote:That being said, I do have a completely antithetical capacity to remember long strings of numbers (I remember them in 'bunches' somehow, a phenomon partially explained by the recent article in Scientific American: 'Secrets of the Expert Mind').
That's how I remembered the first 40 digits of Pi, actually, which is very easy if you bunch things into groups or patterns. There happen to be quite a few pallendromes in the first 40 digits or so:
It gets a lot harder near the end, but once you remember the first set of patterns, plus the fact that for the first couple, there's only an 8 in between them, it's easy!
One of the fun things about remembering long strings of numbers is that after a while, it's like a song. I can get through those 40 digits every time, because it's more of a song lyric than a number now. And just like song lyrics, I can't start from mid-way through
Since this is a memory thread, there should be more talk about mnemonics. They're so powerful, and some are so useful that I get the feeling I'll never forget certain things (like types of clam chowder. Manhatten is the Big Apple, and apples are red). SohCahToa is similarly potent, unless you're in a US History class covering colonial america.