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[NEWS] 160726 SM artists to skip this year's 'Idol Star Athletics Championship'

SM Entertainment artists will not be appearing on MBC’s “Idol Star Athletics Championships” this Chuseok.

On July 26, a source revealed that SM Entertainment will be sending around 350 employees to Hawaii in honor of their 20th anniversary of the founding of the agency. The timing of this conference coincides with the filming for the athletics championships which will take place late-August. Since the trip will include artists such as Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, EXO, Red Velvet and more; SM artists will be unable to participate in the athletics championships.

The trip to Hawaii was scheduled since last year and the date could not be altered. It looks like fans will have to wait until the Lunar New Year athletics championships in 2017 to see SM artists compete.

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Mnemonics: The Forgotten Art of Memory


There used to be a time when memory was the foundation of an intelligent person. Before books, cellphones, and computers, everything a person learned had to be stored inside their mind.

In Ancient Greece, scholars would use elaborate memory techniques to remember full speeches, poems, stories, and historical facts.

Today we don’t have as much of a need to learn these memory techniques (often referred to as “mnemonics”). We don’t need to “internalize” memories, because we can just “externalize” our memories in whatever device we are closest to.

For example, how often do you really remember someone’s phone number? You probably just enter it into your phone right away as someone tells you it. Or at worse you write it down on a piece of paper.

A recent study shows how our reliance on smart phones leads to more “lazy thinking.” In many ways, technology teaches us that we don’t have to use our minds anymore.

And of course technology has been a huge benefit to society, but in what ways can learning mnemonics and the “art of memory” still benefit us today?


Mnemonics: The Forgotten Art of Memory

Mnemonics was a once common art of using particular techniques to improve the strength of you memories. These techniques were popular back when people really needed to rely on their mind’s ability to keep track of information.

In Joshua Foer’s fascinating book Moonwalking With Einstein, Foer goes on a year long journey learning these different techniques from the greatest memory experts in the world, and eventually competes in the U.S. Memory Championship and World Memory Championship.

The people who compete in these memory championships call themselves “mental athletes.”

They spend many hours deliberately practicing these techniques to the point of perfection, all in the name of remembering decks of cards, long strings of numbers, lists of names and faces, and other seemingly trivial facts.

Many of these mental athletes are the last bastion of people still seriously practicing mnemonics and the “art of memory.”

“Moonwalking With Einstein” is a fantastic introduction to this particular world, but I’ll try my best to introduce some of the ideas here. First we need to know more about how memory works.


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