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    Ezequiel Ruiz: There is a New Yorker cartoon from early in the internet era. It shows two men in medieval dress and setting. One is showing a large folio book to the other, who responds, "It's a great invention, but it will never replace the scroll."

    The book did more than replace the scroll. With the advent of printing it replaced the Art of Memory. When books were expensive and relatively rare people had techniques for remembering whole volumes. With the development of printing and the mass production of books people forgot how to remember. There was no need. They could look it up.

    Mneumonics are memory devices, techniques for remembering. I first learned about them in medical school where there were vast amounts of information to remember and you couldn't use your books during tests.

    Read and see more at Lokkal: Mastering 90% of the Past Tense in 5 Minutes. More #Lokkal.

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