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Micro-expertise

2 Dec

There has been a lot of attention to the idea of developing expertise. We would like to know what are the most effective techniques for becoming an expert in any domain. Perhaps, we should take a more atomic view and study expertise in very small domains, such as this:

Niall Brady writes “It took me just under a year to get a spoon into a mug while filming it all on snapchat. One attempt a day. This is a compilation of the clips I remembered to save.”

Inside the mind of a math savant

21 Oct

From the good people at Numberphile;

Photos of the 2015 Memory Championship

18 Jan

 

 

And here’s a nice piece about one of the contestants.

Memory champion Jonas Von Essen

28 Oct

Memory Champion Nelson Dellis Memorizes a Deck of Cards Underwater

19 Oct

I saw Nelson Dellis demonstrate his skills at last year’s Association for Psychological Science meeting. Here he memorizes a deck of cards underwater while holding his breath:

 

 

Nelson raises money to fight at Alzheimer’s disease at his web site.

Five-year-old passes Microsoft exam

16 Nov

From the BBC:

“Ayan Qureshi is now a Microsoft Certified Professional after passing the tech giant’s exam when he was just five years old.”

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Ten year old reciting 370 digits of pi!

25 Aug

An impressive memory feat by a ten year old child:

 

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