posted on Jun, 20 2009 @ 12:29 PM
As far as I can tell from the discussions here, you guys are confusing mechanics with understanding...you don't seem to grok grokking.
As far as retention goes, a few years ago some researchers discovered that a brain enzyme mediates memories (αCaMKII, aka the memory molecule) and
that you have about a fifteen minute supply of it at any given time. so studying or memorizing should been done in fifteen minute bursts. Fortunately
it does't take long for the enzyme to replenish, so taking a short break resets it. For you art types, think of the sort of collor blindness you get
from looking at one color for too long: you lose the ability to see shades of that color, but looking briefly at a complementary color restores it.
That said, grokking is something different.
If you wish to practice it, try this: look at something, anything...what it is makes no difference. Now truly look at it until you begin to
see it. By that I mean first see all the surface features, color, shape, texture, etc.
When you have absorbed that, look at what makes this particular thing unique: variations in color, scratches, nicks, wear marks etc, until you can
pick this particular one out of a thousand similar ones.
Now look at it and see how it came to be unique, begin to understand it it, understand how it was made, how it was used, who used it, how it came to
be in your hands.
For example, a friend recently brought me what she called an interesting rock she found while out horseback riding. It had a peculiar triangular
shape. I held it for awhile, looking at it, grokking it, and then laughed and asked her if truly she didn't recognize what it was. It was a
left-handed grinding stone for grinding acorns. Proved it to her, too. The wear marks, both obvious and subtle proved it visually, once you
held it properly it was perfectly obvious that it fit a left-handed person far better than a right-handed one. I can almost hear the teasing gossip
when I hold it. An interesting find.
But still, that is only the beginning, the easy levels. To truly grok something you need to go deeper, and feel the interplay of energies that compose
it, and see the tendrils of intertwined energies that connect it, this particular it, to the web of energies enveloping it, and see its back trail
through time and space. It doesn't come easy. You must do lots of hard mental work.
Learn a modicum of chemistry, physics, math, biology, art, literature. Learn at least one other language. Learn to accept and enjoy complexity that
collapses into profound simplicity. Then you begin to grok what I am trying to show you.