Article: Augmenting Long-term Memory

Michael Nielsen
Ephemerality of Memory

Nielsen estimates that he only spends 4 to 7 minutes reviewing cards in a 20 year period.

If something is worth 10 minutes to you—or it seems striking, make an Anki card for it.

Nielsen reads a paper in multiple passes, adding more complex cards to Anki during each pass. This is similar to the Three-Pass Method. - While reading one paper he made several hundred questions.

-   Typically, he doesn't make that many cards. He will usually spend 10 to 60 minutes on a paper and make 10, 20 cards.

-   Most cards come from the abstract, introduction, conclusion, figures, and figure captions.

It takes emotional commitment to invest in making and reviewing cards. Don’t make cards for things that you are not interested in.

“Study hard what interests you in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”

Richard Feynman

Anki isn’t just a tool for memorizing simple facts. It’s a tool for understanding almost anything.”

Michael Nielsen

Part 2: The importance of memory