Memory -- Unlocked | Chester Lian | TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet

  • Published on Dec 23, 2014
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Walking on your hands is difficult, but only because you're not using the right body part, your feet. Similarly, memorizing anything can be difficult when you use the wrong part of your brain. Chester has set a world record by accurately memorizing the configurations of 17 different Rubik's Cubes before blindfolding himself and solving them all. He believes anyone can greatly improve their ability to memorize and recall information by learning how to unlock the experiences stored in our brains that we take for granted and never actively use.
    Chester Lian is an expert at memorizing and solving Rubik's Cubes and he does it blindfolded! He has set two world records, and has been the champion in six blindfolded events at the U.S. National Rubik's Cube Championships from 2010 to 2012.
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Comments • 59

  • Danny Heller
    Danny Heller 3 months ago +1

    He's got a pleasant manner and excellent communication skills.

  • Nicholas G
    Nicholas G 4 months ago +4

    I went to college with Chester. He was a Mathematics major with me. He taught ten of us in a room Real Analysis when our professor could not. Brilliant communicator of knowledge.

  • drak d
    drak d 5 months ago

    3:11 based on this really simple idea, that are just so many things that we know and remember without even trying,
    i say: its repetitive recalling, which is an undeliberate remembrance of thing just sparked throw the relativity of our daily interactions,
    having something that'll help make you recall something just by encountering it will make never forget that which you are constantly reminded with.

    - a good way of practicing this is by: having what you want to remember be at a certain place where you are constantly reminded of it
    a good placing would be as closest as possible,
    1. on your body
    2. the closest thing to you when you wake up, or, at the place where you spend the most time in
    -3. in the case of it being something that you don't recall intearly; you want to go through all of it and make sure you recall it then have things that reminds you of it by encounter
    maybe go through it again and recall it each and every time you encounter it, then you don't to only occasionally then you won't have to at all, it'll be just like your name your house and all things around it's just a part of it,
    and maybe you wanna add to it and adjust it just like decorating your house will make you remeber every part of in the details you've noticed, you maybe wanna add details and twits and changes to it to achieve the same level of detailed remeberance.

  • Amanda
    Amanda 8 months ago

    10:11 that lady in the blue dress is about to eat the korean O.O

  • do nguyen le ho
    do nguyen le ho 9 months ago


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    I believe that you can get whatever you want if you have two things: (believing in yourself and trying skillfully to get your goal).

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    shikamaru nara Year ago


  • Linda  Adams
    Linda Adams Year ago +1

    He is so adorable...just saying 🤔

  • Snehal Gajare
    Snehal Gajare Year ago

    this is really gonna help me in remembering chemical equations and such stuff related to science.
    Thanks, Chester Lian.

  • Khalid Brown
    Khalid Brown Year ago +1

    it look so easy when you put it like that i hope this technic do elp me in my exam tomorrow

  • Edward Newton Newton

    I don't study with focus ,so how can I study with focus

  • Will Zhou
    Will Zhou Year ago +2

    This is a great presentation. Shows the detail of how to use the method of Loci vividly.
    Thanks! I've learned something that I could use to improve my memory!

  • GuyClicking
    GuyClicking Year ago

    It's because there's no parity

  • Jonah
    Jonah Year ago +1

    This is my college math instructor.

  • Av63PNT0
    Av63PNT0 Year ago +1

    That girl was so shy and innocent she didn’t even know who Eminem was, I thought that was really cute

  • Satyajeet Giram
    Satyajeet Giram Year ago


  • Malte Christensen
    Malte Christensen Year ago +1

    There's a mechanical brain-dead way of solving the cube using a fixed set of steps and it never fails. I used to do that as a party trick and it's dead easy to memorise the steps. That's what he's doing, except his start position must be memorised. And that's his real skill.

  • Sanks Khanal
    Sanks Khanal Year ago


  • Xin-Xin Mah
    Xin-Xin Mah 2 years ago

    Thank you. I can grasp your concept because you taught in concrete way the kind of style I learn best.

  • Alby Shaji
    Alby Shaji 2 years ago


  • AlanDemarr
    AlanDemarr 2 years ago +1

    how does this ho not no know who Eminem is

  • ram singh
    ram singh 3 years ago

    best video on utube..amazing

  • Bathandwa Lolwana
    Bathandwa Lolwana 3 years ago +2

    Who doesn't know eminem

  • A Dice
    A Dice 3 years ago +32

    The old woman in the bottom right at 10:10 thats me in every lecture

    • Tiff
      Tiff 2 years ago

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  • t Manohar
    t Manohar 3 years ago

    I m speechless

  • IRoboSapien
    IRoboSapien 3 years ago +5

    My problem with Memory Palaces -- and I've tried them before, as well as memory pegs (same basic idea) -- is that they work great for the first couple of lists of items, but once I've memorized three lists now there's three items attached to each loci (or peg)! There's no way to tell them apart, or which is from which list. They don't go away, they stay there, and any additional lists just add to the confusion. It quickly becomes an unsolvable mess. I can create more memory palaces using other loci, but that likewise grows into an elaborate memory problem of its own. Anyone have a solution?

    • LolTreeMan LTM
      LolTreeMan LTM 9 months ago

      I don’t know about this, but what I do is I just take 1-2 days off then it naturally disappears by itself. Or what you can do is make another room specifically for that use

      GPEGEMGTM3 Year ago +1

      IRoboSapien one thing that's helped me in reusing a palace and erasing previous items (although I do use multiple palaces to be fair). Go through the palace and "destroy" those items. See them get hammered, eaten, shattered, eviscerated, dissipated, etc etc as vividly as possible. I find this helps alot in memorizing a deck of cards in order multiple times even if I use the same palace.
      Another effective way, for me at least: When you want to use the same path/palace for different lists, imagine different weather patterns, times of the day, maybe the colors of the walls are completely different, make it ridiculous. You get the idea. I know that this may be getting too much into the weeds, but it doesn't hurt to try. I know palaces aren't always the most popular because they DO require a lot of extra effort and testing, but I think they're essential for the most intense of memory feats. However, I think everyone would benefit massively from only using creative links and pegs. Hope that helps. Have a good one :)

    • IRoboSapien
      IRoboSapien 3 years ago

      OK. Thanks for trying.

    • Joshua Anderson
      Joshua Anderson 3 years ago

      +IRoboSapien OK sorry man idk how to help. That's all I know. You attach your items VERY strongly for them to be just for short term use!

  • Anand Borude
    Anand Borude 3 years ago +1


  • daniel Brown
    daniel Brown 3 years ago +6

    Some scientific witchcraft

    • Luriid
      Luriid 2 years ago +1

      daniel Brown nope, just algorithms and a sppedcube

  • Justin Alexander
    Justin Alexander 3 years ago +5

    lool she doesn't know who eminem is so frickin innocent

  • chang jie yang
    chang jie yang 3 years ago +1

    Great job!!! Now, I don't feel so bad about my working memory :)

  • Carla Hau
    Carla Hau 3 years ago +1

    he's doing something called algorithms

  • dragon y
    dragon y 3 years ago

    AMAZING !!

  • Baris Aksac
    Baris Aksac 3 years ago +1

    WOW !!! AMAZING !!!! I always was curios for the concept of "Mind Palace". I was also impressed how quickly he solved the Cube twice! Man I really loved this talk of Chester Lian. Need to google him :). Thanks so much for sharing this!! Totally worth watching! Recommend it to everyone!

  • Marius Ihlar
    Marius Ihlar 3 years ago +2

    How did he memorize the Numbers?

  • Y ling
    Y ling 4 years ago

    Holy Cow! Chester is amazing lol

  • Gayan Weerakutti
    Gayan Weerakutti 4 years ago +1

    LMAO @ 10:12

  • ALUO
    ALUO 4 years ago +1

    her laugh.

  • Tom Nelson
    Tom Nelson 4 years ago +5

    I thought loci was pronounced "Loki" this whole time. Oops.

  • Clarence Caldwell
    Clarence Caldwell 4 years ago +8

    Interesting method of memory. He should do another talk sharing the coding scheme of the cube.

    • Gnarslogge The Sloth
      Gnarslogge The Sloth 4 years ago

      @Joshua Bloch Using numbers is very unorthodox. Most people use letters for the corners, too.

    • Joshua Bloch
      Joshua Bloch 4 years ago +1

      @Antoine Cantin Numbers in speffz?

    • Clarence Caldwell
      Clarence Caldwell 4 years ago

      Great - thanks

    • Antoine Cantin
      Antoine Cantin 4 years ago +4

      Most people use Speffz, or a similar method, assigning letters to the stickers in an alphabetical order.

  • Robert Kimera
    Robert Kimera 4 years ago

    2 no 2 lovely doing Rubik cubes