Thinking About Thinking

Barbara and I were trying to remember the name of a writer well-known for works about Alaska, the Klondike, and life in the icy north.  In my head, I started with the first letter of the alphabet and thought of “A” names.  None rang true.

Then I moved to “B” names and the same thing….nope.Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 1.49.59 PM

Next “C” names, and that went on thru “L” when the name “Jack London” sprang from my head.  I said his name out loud, Barbara repeated right after me in confirmation.

On a whim, I told Barbara that in trying to remember the name, I had started with the “A” names and made it to “L” before remembering.  She said she had made it thru the “C” names.

May I repeat?

She said she had made it thru the “C” names.

She said she had made it thru the “C” names.  Apparently, she was doing a similar thing.

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 1.51.08 PMShe confessed that is the strategy she often uses.  An all this time, I thought I had the ultimate search engine!

Of course, I don’t use this technique all the time,  with every question I’m asked.  And sometimes when I do use it, I come up empty-handed.

When you are trying to remember something elusive, how does your “search engine” do it?  I really want to know.  Please leave comments.


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