How To Strengthen The Memory: Or, Natural And Scientific Methods Of Never Forgetting.pdf
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Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (10 May 2015)
By: M. L. Holbrook (Author)
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Some years ago I commenced investigating the various systems of mnemonics in connection with my friend, Mr. John Fretwell, of Eisenach, Germany. Whatever came in my way I gave to him, and whatever he found in his extensive travels and reading he at once communicated to me. The result was a mass of incongruous material, much of it having little value.
We found that most systems of mnemonics are altogether too cumbersome—:using them is like employing a large amount of machinery to accomplish a small amount of work. It is more difficult to handle the machinery than to do what is to be done by simple and natural methods. These methods are given in this book. They are all easy, and adapted to every class of persons, be they learned or unlearned.
Let no one, however, imagine he can train and discipline his memory by reading this book: he must apply its principles, and that, too, for a long time. A half hour given to the subject every day so keeps the matter in hand that in the course of time every person with a weak and defective memory may have a strong one. The extent of its strength will depend largely upon the patience and perseverance of the pupil. I advise him to use the work as a text-book, and master every principle contained therein, so that they become a part of his mental organization. These principles are the laws of association, comparison, attention, repetition and the securing of a vivid first impression: minor details, important as they are, will easily be learned. Those who wish to possess memories of great power, and become able to master the most difficult subjects if nature has not given them the requisite ability, can do so by hard work, and by no other means. All will find that the rational methods of memory culture advised will not only strengthen this faculty, but every other intellectual faculty. That the work may prove useful to all who study it is my sincere desire.
—:M. L. H.
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