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.


2 thoughts on “Thinking About Thinking

  1. I actually have been using the same memory techniques when I have brain farts, for decades. I find that it works best when the answer is on the tip of my tongue, but I just can’t seem to pull it out of my head. Using the method of going thru the alphabet to remember, coincides with a visual picture of that alphabet and what letter could follow that would answer the question. For exampke: A (ab, ac, ad, af, ag, ai, ak, al…..ect.); B ( ba, be, bi, bo, bu, by…).
    Since this technique is not taught in school, maybe it most people logically go to.m when they cab’t renember a particular word.

    Deknez (De, silent k, nez=nise))


    1. I like mnemonics such as Roy G Biv and Oh Be A Fine Girl, Kiss Me. I read that the best memory tricks are those you make-up yourself and are a little naughty. Following those guides, I made one up for the parts of the electro-magnetic spectrum.


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