Memory champion Jonas Von Essen: Recursion edition

29 Sep

When you are interested in memory improvement, you become the object of amusement whenever you forget something.

In this video Memory champion Jonas Von Essen admits to forgetting things he has not specifically used his memory techniques on. This point was brought home to me when I realized that I had already posted this video a couple of years ago. Very humbling.

8 Responses to “Memory champion Jonas Von Essen: Recursion edition”

  1. Enrique Guerra-Pujol at 9:54 am #

    The concept of recursion is fascinating. I will pay close attention to this.

    • jecgenovese at 1:43 pm #

      My favorite joke is about recursion:

      What does the ‘B’ in Benoit B Mandelbrot stand for?

      Benoit B Mandelbrot!

  2. Kathy H at 1:34 pm #

    You forgot something that you hadn’t thought about in a couple of years!! Happens to me all the time. Have you ever experienced an occasion where you couldn’t remember a name, then hours later it comes to you for no real apparent reason.

  3. Kathy H at 10:52 pm #

    I didn’t find your joke funny until I read it a couple of times. It really is funny in a dry sort of way. Thanks for the TOT Wikipedia reference. I learned that I can look forward to having more of these experiences as I age! Ugh!!

    • jecgenovese at 3:35 pm #

      Here is Simon Singh’s explanation of the joke:

      “Mandelbrot was the father of fractals, a term used to describe shapes that are self-similar at different scales. So, if we zoomed into the B in Benoit B Mandelbrot, then we might see that it represents a mini Benoit B Mandelbrot. If we zoomed into the mini B, we might see that it represents a micro Benoit B Mandelbrot, and so on.”

  4. Kathy H at 4:51 pm #

    The explanation makes the joke slightly funnier. I think it would be a good idea to keep you day job. (only kidding)!!

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