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Lewis Smile

Learn Anything and Everything (Starting with Shakespeare and Dickens)

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The Memory Palace by Lewis Smile explores the power of the human memory and provides techniques for improving it. It reveals how to boost recall and creativity, and transform memory into an effective tool for personal and professional success.

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    Your memory is like a muscle: you can strengthen it through training.

    Do you often have trouble remembering where you put your keys? Or maybe you’re all too familiar with finding yourself wandering the aisles of a supermarket confused because you forgot your shopping list? Chances are you’ve found yourself in these situations as they are typical results of having an untrained memory. But don’t worry, with a bit of exercise we can get our memory back in shape.

    Think of your memory as a hidden muscle. Like other muscles, it can deteriorate if neglected. Perhaps you think that only the smartest and brightest have the ability to retain knowledge and recall facts. But the truth of the matter is that the potential muscle power of memory is strong in all of us. With some simple training and exercise you too can unlock this potential and be the next superstar of trivia night.

    So what kind of training can you do to drastically improve your memory?

    Start by using a simple technique that can turn anyone into a world champion of memorization in no time at all. The most effective tool for remembering information like names and dates is to connect them to an image or place. This technique takes advantage of our spatial memory, and the crazier the image the better it works.

    For example, say you need help remembering the names of the early plays of William Shakespeare. Well, just imagine the unforgettable image of a three-headed Richard Nixon standing on a chair claiming to be Richard III. By tapping into the potential of spatial memory and linking a three-headed Richard Nixon with Richard III, you’ll never forget the name of that play again.

    Sounds simple enough, right? But what makes these memory techniques so effective?

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    What is The Memory Palace about?

    The Memory Palace (2012) is a step-by-step guide to using your spatial memory to help you remember absolutely anything. It teaches you how to build a palace of memories that will give you the power to recall everything you read, and even to memorize the names of every Shakespeare play in just 15 minutes.

    Who should read The Memory Palace?

    • Anyone interested in improving their memory
    • Forgetful people who need help remembering their shopping list
    • Trivia buffs who want vast amounts of knowledge at their disposal

    About the Author

    Lewis Smile has led an eccentric life that has taken him from being the lead singer for the 1990s band Soulful Repetition to becoming an expert in the field of memory improvement. His other books include MLM Scripts and The Magic Square.

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