What Sherlock Holmes Can Teach Us About Memory
Sherlock Holmes has always been famous for his memory, but its taken the BBC's 2010 series "Sherlock" starring Benedict Cumberbatch to really show us the mind behind the man.
Here's two articles exploring the science and techniques behind Sherlock's memory.
"If you’d told Alex Mullen a few years ago that he was capable of memorising a whole pack of cards in 21.5 seconds, he would have said you were being ridiculous. His memory wasn’t anything special – “below average” even. Fast-forward to today and Mullen, a medical student at the University of Mississippi, has just been crowned the World Memory Champion.
Mullen told me about a book he’d read called Moonwalking with Einstein. The book was written by Joshua Foer, a journalist who attended a US memory championship to write about what he thought would be “the Super Bowl of savants”. Instead, he found a group of people who had trained their memory using ancient techniques. Foer started practicing the techniques himself, and went on to win the competition the following year."
Remember, we have a main blog post on this too: The "Mind Palace" - A First Step in Your GW Mental Skills