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How do we remember?

If anything was an inspiration to education in the wider sense I would think the breadth if not the depth of knowledge the regular answerers here show is an excellent example.

How much information can the human brain contain without exploding.

Where in 1972 was a speed record of 11.2 MPH set?

Who was the second president of the USA

Alphabetically what are the first and last US states.

What was the Beatles first film

We can all, (well mostly), look up the answers but knows of the top of their head??



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Kiteman5 years ago
It's not just recollection, it's application, sometimes laterally.

For instance, I've been helping a member work out how to make a set of spectacles and the case entirely out of candy. I've never done it, but I know enough from other areas so that our combined ideas come out at a working concept.
rickharris (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
But what is the mechanism of recall let alone memorising relatively insignificant and none vital snippets you may have read or seen somewhere.

eg. Someone had received a post card from the USA with all the presidents on it allowing us to name the 2nd US president. How/why did they recall the information.

There is a school of thought that males of the shedly variety, who can recall years of football statistics, or the dimensions of a whole range or brass fittings, are slightly autistic.
Burf5 years ago
Perhaps surprisingly, I know the answers to all of them, assuming you had a typo in the first question, which I think should be 11.2 mph.
rickharris (author)  Burf5 years ago
Your right my excuse is it was late here when I typed it - Question corrected - I note that some sources give the speed as 10.56 Mph down hill with no return run.

I attended a village quiz night last night and these were some of the questions asked.

I was amazed how much information we had rattling around in our combined heads and how well we could recall it under pressure.

I wonder if the current generation who have grown up used to easily accessible information from their phones or PCs will retain as much.

The average age of the contestants was around 50 with some as ancient as early 80's so plenty of time to absorb a multitude of facts.

Who introduced machine printing to the UK
Who was the writer of the music for old man river. Why Do I Love You, The Night Was Made for Love.

How many stations are there on the London underground. +/- 10

What is the worlds largest island called. (got that one wrong)

where is the bay of plenty ( I have been there very pretty)

What instrument did Miles Davis play

Where can you find Lavadas


Sadly we came 3rd with only 4 points separating the top 3.

frollard Burf5 years ago
Yes, great trivia questions, easily googleable
kelseymh5 years ago
Hmmm...without Googling, I know the first three, but I'm not certain of the last. ...Yay! Wikipedia says my guess for the last one was correct.
caarntedd5 years ago
Even surprisingly-er, I know the pres. and the states, and I live in Australia. (I know the Beatles first movie too, but I'm old). Don't know the speed record. Is "how much info can the human brain hold?" part of your test? :D