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In "Assimilative Memory or, How to Attend and Never Forget," A. (Alphonse) Loisette offers a comprehensive guide to enhancing memory and retention skills. Published in the late 19th century, this influential self-help book remains timeless in its approach and relevance.

Loisette begins by highlighting the importance of a well-functioning memory for personal and professional success. He argues that memory is not necessarily fixed and can be improved through dedicated training. This perspective challenges the common belief at the time that memory was an innate trait one was born with and could not be altered.

The strength of this book lies in Loisette's systematic approach to memory improvement. He provides a step-by-step method involving the assimilation of new information through active attention and concentration. Throughout the book, he shares numerous tips and techniques to aid readers in effectively memorizing various subjects, whether it be dates, names, faces, or complex information.

What sets Loisette's book apart is its accessibility. He skillfully breaks down complex concepts into simple, actionable steps that readers can easily understand and apply. Moreover, his writing style is engaging and conversational, making the learning process more enjoyable.

Drawing on his extensive experience teaching memory improvement courses, Loisette incorporates real-life examples and anecdotes to bolster his techniques. His comprehensive approach covers various aspects of memory enhancement, such as establishing priorities, eliminating distractions, and developing mental associations. Each chapter builds upon the previous ones, creating a progressive and coherent learning experience for the reader.

Although written over a century ago, "Assimilative Memory" remains relevant in our digitized era. In fact, Loisette's guidance becomes even more pertinent today, considering the vast amount of information we encounter daily. His teachings on effective information retention can significantly benefit students, professionals, and anyone seeking to enhance their cognitive abilities in a fast-paced world.

However, it is important to note that the book's examples and language are somewhat dated, reflecting the conventions of the late 19th century. Nonetheless, the principles conveyed are still pertinent and adaptable to contemporary life.

"Assimilative Memory or, How to Attend and Never Forget" stands the test of time as a valuable resource for those seeking to optimize their memory skills. Loisette's systematic approach and practical advice make it a worthwhile read for anyone interested in enhancing their cognitive abilities and optimizing their learning potential.

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TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE In this plain text version, small capitals have been rendered as ALL CAPS, bold using =equals signs= and italics usually using underscores . However, the original used italics to highlight certain letters within words where these were intended to help with remembering numbers and dates according to the "Analytic substitution" memory method. For legibility, these have been rendered using {c}u{rl}y {br}ac{k}e{ts}. Some of the numbered lists were originally wrapped together as a paragraph; for legibility some of these have been changed to separate lines. This applies particularly to the lists of questions: these blocks were originally placed like footnotes at the bottom of pages, but here have been moved to an appropriate break in the main text. Some obvious printer errors have been corrected, full details of which can be found in the HTML version of this eBook... Continue reading book >>

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