A Look inside a GMS® User’s Head
In order to help you understand what to expect when you touch upon the mysterious art of mastering memory, I will describe what happens in the brain of a person who knows how to control memorization and retrieval processes. I will begin with anamnesis (the retrieval process)…
Imagine that you have a textbook in front of you, tons of information written on its pages. In the average man’s opinion, it is generally impossible to memorize everything in it: reference data, tables, difficult text extracts, names, chronological tables, lists of geographical names, terms, and concepts. Now, imagine you are holding this textbook in your hands, and a man is standing in front of you. He insists that he can recite the full contents of the textbook, without a single mistake, while maintaining the correct order of data in it. Then, sure enough, right in front of your eyes, this man, a GMS® user, really does recite it accurately. You follow along, and do not catch a single mistake; numerical data in the textbook is reproduced precisely up to one thousandth. First, you think that this man must have had several years to memorize the textbook. It also occurs to you that this amount of information seems completely impossible to memorize word for word. It is not poetry. A bit later, when a GMS® user reads you the contents of the textbook in reverse (literally, saying every thing in reverse order), you probably come to the conclusion that the man has a phenomenal memory. The words "photographic memory" come to mind; you imagine what it must be like to see the literal contents of each page in your mind.
Nevertheless, you still suspect that the gentleman spent several years in preparation for this trick, years involving endless studying, retelling the same information. However, when the man asks you to write 200 random numbers down on a sheet of paper, to show you he can memorize them right then and there? And he does. The GMS® user memorizes all 200 in a matter of 5-10 minutes, and then reproduces them in both forward and reverse order…. and then by columns… At this point, your suspicions begin to disappear -- and you are sure that the man standing in front of you has a phenomenal memory.
It is important to note that a GMS® user does not see pages with text or numbers in his imagination as with so-called "photographic memory." It is all much simpler. Let us take a look inside his head and see how information is stored:
The GMS® user reproduces an image of a radio in his mind and scrutinizes it, singling out its separate parts: radio strap, antenna, speaker, tuning scale, and tuning handle. There is no information written in these images. These images are auxiliary.
Now, he imagines a big image of the strap, increases it in size, and a new image appears in his mind – a bus, another auxiliary image. The GMS® user looks at the bus and sees the following images: a timetable on a headlight, Napoleon’s cocked hat on a window, a set of colors on the steering wheel, a dumbbell on a saddle, a set of books about first-aid. Then, the GMS® user sees a monitor on the roof of the bus.
When reproducing the images in his imagination, he is saying out loud, "… a timetable for Monday - mathematics, history, drawing, physical training, and literature."
Next, his attention is shifted to the radio loudspeaker. He sees a lemur with a tin in its mouth, blue celery, incense and elixir. He says out loud: "In 1938, Timur invaded India and occupied Delhi town."
He switches his attention to the tuning scale and sees a dumbbell on the draw-bridge. He says: "St. Petersburg was founded in 1703."
On the tuning handle, he sees an image of a scale, the American flag, and a salad. He recalls a date using these images: 1787 – The year of adoption of the US constitution.
The GMS® user recalls all the information in direct order by scanning the images from left to right. To reproduce it in a reverse order, he simply has to read them from right to left.
This process of retrieving information from your brain strongly resembles viewing photos on a computer screen. With a click of a button, you can quickly look through the pictures. But, you can also fix your attention on one particular photo and study it more in depth.
Pictures that a GMS® user sees are not all that simple. Here are some examples of a rather peculiar combination of images: roller skates on a loudspeaker, donut on a shoe, pair of compasses, a graph, and a violin.
Here is how phone numbers look like in GMS® interpretation:
"Ward" movie theatre - 339-26-00. A GMS® user recalls the number as a combination of four pictures. A "tank" with images of a "bobcat," "tape," and two "urns."
"Ankar" movie theatre - 123-77-58. A GMS® user remembers an image of a "hangar" and images of a "notebook," a "dish," and "film."
"Paradise" movie theatre - 309-54-35. A GMS® user sees the phone number as a "coconut tree," with "bronze mice," a "rake," and "beer."
"Why all these difficulties and absurdities?" you may ask. "Can’t you simply remember these phone numbers in a normal way?" Memory theory and life experience prove that you usually cannot. The brain does not remember purely numerical combinations. You may not have noticed this because you were never forced to notice. If you don’t believe it, just write a set of 100 numbers on a piece of paper and try to memorize them all within any reasonable amount of time.
Encoding memorized information into visual images is a necessity. The brain cannot memorize anything except for visual images. You are accustomed to encoding sounds of speech into words – combinations of 26 letters. Every person who is in the process of mastering GMS® quickly gets used to encoding information into associations – combinations of simple visual images.
Thus, GMS® users encode information into visual images and connect those images between when memorizing. Basically, it is a direct recording of information into the brain, yet rather by means of visual images. Every image stands for something, either a two-digit or a three-digit number, or a combination of several images.
During anamnesis (information retrieval), a GMS® user reproduces a combination of visual images and reads them just like one would read a book.
As you will see further on, GMS® helps you to remember large amounts of information and has a whole set of other positive benefits.
For instance, when you have memorized 200 phone numbers, and can easily reproduce them in direct and reverse orders, you will instantly recall a number by name and a name by number. You will also be able to answer the question: "Which phone numbers have 25 in them?" If you follow and memorize the GMS® lessons correctly, your memory will instantly output all information containing 25.
This may seem impossible, but it is a proven fact. This also is a natural result of the holographic principles of the brain.
There are a huge amount of visual images in the GMS® user’s head. Some are auxiliary and help to find the right information; whereas others encode precise data, first and last names, and numbers.
Viewing information in the brain is like viewing slides. Mnemonic anamnesis is a sort of "story by pictures" – a familiar school exercise. The only difference is that mnemonic pictures fix the needed information very precisely.
Will a large number of visual images overload your memory? The answer is simple: no. A combination does not exist in your brain unless it is remembered. Images appear only when they are reproduced. This is the artistic way in which our brain operates.
People who say that there is a danger of memory overload are absolutely mistaken. Memory is practically impossible to overload since numbers, images, and words are not really memorized by the brain. This seems paradoxical; yet, in truth, everything is quite simple. The following articles will help you understand the simple yet paradoxical mechanisms of human memory.