10 May 2007

Info You Retain and Lose


Funny how you'd remember certain things, lessons, events and somehow at the same time forget things, lessons and events. How does your brain pick which to remember and forget ?

The other night, me and a batchmate of mine were talking and the subject moved to his kids taking Tae Kwon Do lessons. Since he wasn't very familiar with the martial art, I told him a couple of things like the belt colors, stances, kicks, discipline and some bits of useful info. The other night, a colleague of mine also had his kid enrolled in summer Tae Kwon Do classes and while his daughter was present, I was able to tell her if she knew certain kicks like the roundhouse, 45 kick, in-out kick, out-in kick, etc...

I haven't been practising Tae Kwon Do for the past 5 years and prior to that I stopped for 9 years. But most of the skills and methods taught still seem very fresh to me. It's like riding a bicycle.. you know how to ride one even though you may haven't been riding one for a long time.

On the other hand, I attended a press conference last month, and I saw a journalist taking down notes using stenography. I was amazed. I remember that we were taught steno for half a schoolyear in high school. Yet as much as tried to recall what was taught, I couldn't remember a single character, stroke or meaning from it. All I could remember is that you can buy a steno notebook which has a unique dimension than a regular notebook or pad. That's about it !

I don't want to ponder on what I still remember from my Theology and Philosophy classes in college. I might get disappointed for not remembering anything but the teacher's name.
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