PaleoPeople and Memory Training I

Dr. Kelly has written a fabulous book about memory and so-called primitive peoples. PaleoPathologist considers himself a Primitive Person as well (PPPP?). Those primitive people stored vast amounts of knowledge in pieces of wood, stories, dances, songs, paintings on rock walls, all kinds of places. Lynne says that the Navajo, for example, had detailed knowledge of 700 insect species. How did they do that without writing?

Our wiring was designed to keep us alive, NOT to help us pass the National Boards! That includes areas of the brain (like the hippocampus) that appear to PaleoPathologist to have an active forgetting algorithm for anything my software deems unlikely to keep me alive…like the name of the person in front of me I just met, or that new genetic mutation that looks like number and letter salad.  Got to learn to hack the software, because 50,000 years of survival says it’s pretty good software and I’m not going to change it.

I believe the algorithm works by forgetting anything that “scores” too low on how many times it has appeared and how strongly it is encoded–especially things that are dangerous, look funny, or have anything to do with reproduction!

So to hack the system, we need to build in repetition, emotion, and imagery. Words just don’t cut it. Our “primitive” ancestors did all of this and, here we are.

In our series we’ll begin to explore how they did it and how we can take their hacks and use them to learn the delicious mysteries of NeoPathology!

What memory hacks do YOU use?

PaleoPathologist becomes ProfessorPaleoPathologist

Yes, good old PaleoPathologist got a wild hair and decided to become a Pathology Professor at Rocky Vista University. PaleoPathologistMate introduced me to the phrase “wild hair” when in the midst of seven years of Evil Duke Medical School. (Don’t call me Mr. Paleopathologist…) PP started in January and gave a series of lectures on Reproductive Pathology to the second year medical students. It felt great to get up in front of a group again and pass on some hard won knowledge.  For a longer account, see here.

Looking forward to getting back into an academic environment and teaching, learning, contributing in a new and different way. I’m ALSO looking forward to getting back into the whole PaleoPathologist scene; been absent for way too long.

Next week, PaleoPathologist will be attending Low Carb Breckenridge with a bunch of other Paleo Low Carb Keto Freaks. Will keep you posted. It might not even be too late to sign up yourself although hotel rooms seem to be getting short…during ski season…just saying!

Keto On.