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This is a toolkit for anyone wanting to optimise their powers of memory. Fortunately, the brain is a muscle that likes to be trained, and humans have spent a great deal of time throughout the ages finding ways to exercise it. Kelly argues that in the past 100 years or so, humans have stopped training their memories using the powerful and effective practices of the past. This book traces how those lessons were developed, as well as how we can use them to improve our own remembering ways, from shopping lists to speeches. 

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