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1. Memory

Chapter 1. Memory

Memory is a crucial human capability. Without memory, your mind is nothing but bare awareness. Memory orients us in time and space, enables us to recognize our loved ones, provides us with the knowledge that running in front of cars is dangerous, and gives us the raw materials we need to do everything else we do as humans—hence its primary place in this book.

In a sense, many people have abandoned memory, not only to reading and writing, but also to newer technologies such as search engines. However, I hope this chapter will show that developing your memory can enrich your life, whether you need to defend your doctoral thesis, appear on Jeopardy!, or just cope with daily hassles.


  

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