posted on Nov, 28 2004 @ 09:33 PM
What I am talking about mainly is the gift of the "prodigy". For example, Rudiger Gamm, an otherwise ordinary man, has developed into a calculating
prodigy by training his memory on arithmetic facts and calculation algorithms 1-4 hours each day for six years (99 to the 5th, 53 to the 9th, 31/61
with all 60 decimals). How he did this I am not sure, but I am developing my own methods i.e., training my mind to "see" the numbers and retain them
essentially "placing" them to the side while I calculate the other digits using the vedic sutra "vertically and crosswise" i.e.,
97 step 1: 9x8=72
x89 step 2: 7x9=63
now keeping the numbers in my point of view thus, 72 63, I continue
97 step 3: 8x7 + 9x9 =137
then, with the numbers in their appropriate positions, starting from the right, I add:
72 137 63
1< 33 = 7 + 63
carry the one,
72 13 33
add the fourteen to the remaining digits
8,633 is the answer.
If you go to www.vedicmaths.org, you will find that they start from the left. I am training myself to multiply all three sequences simultaneously with
reasonable results, if I concentrate.
I tried a similar method with a three digit number by a three digit number. After about ten minutes of concentration and numbers flying around my
mind, I got an answer but it was wrong. And as for other calculations i.e., division, squares, powers, roots, sines, etc., I will focus on that at a
later time in my development.
I am also practicing applying a visual method to writings. First beginning with words, secondly sentences and, hopefully, in time, to paragraphs and
Another self-developed brilliant mind worth mentioning is Dominic O'Brien. He holds the Guinness World Record for most playing cards memorized: 2,808
in eleven hours forty-two minutes with eight errors; four mistakes and four corrections. This is said to be accomplished by a series of mnemonics
i.e., clubs (c=3), A(ce)=13, 2=23, 3=33, 4=43...; diamonds (d=4), A=14, 2=24, 3=34, 4=44...; hearts (h=88), A=18, 2=28, 3=38, 48...; spades (s=6),
A=16, 2=26, 3=36, 46.... And by making up a story according to the sequence of the cards or rather their number representations using the Journey
Technique--which I won't go into. I made a pact with myself not to use such mnemonics or conventional methods. I want to develop my own and see where
they take me.
The right side of the brain is the key to seeing problems being solved. It is responsible for dreams and imagination, amongst other things. Hopefully
unlocking it will unlock many mysteries.
Any thoughts on my ramblings?