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Comment author: Dr_Manhattan 25 May 2011 12:37:35PM 2 points [-]

One thing I am not quite sure of is when to rely on simple lookup (I keep a lot of information in an text file) vs. when to commit to memory with SRS.

Comment author: gwern 20 June 2011 03:18:56PM 4 points [-]
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Comment author: Dr_Manhattan 20 June 2011 03:31:12PM 0 points [-]

Very good. Additional factor in this that I'm somewhat concerned about is "cluttering your head" for a lack of a better term, though this might be a non-issue if you know how memory actually works (I don't). Would be interesting to see it as a part of you write-up.

Comment author: gwern 20 June 2011 04:34:06PM 1 point [-]

I don't really know of anything like that (aside from fictional evidence like 'Funes the Memorious'); there is research on weakening memories, but that focuses on stuff like rape and post-traumatic stress disorder.

If you were wrong that knowing something would save you 5 minutes, you can always just delete those cards. (The brain keeps plasticity even into old age, so whatever limit there is seems to not be reached in a normal life.)

Comment author: Bobertron 25 May 2011 01:06:07PM 1 point [-]

If I remember correctly the supermemo website gives advice about this, somewhere. Its recommended not to be too selective about what to enter into the SRS system. If you find yourself spending a lot of time with an item that's not very useful, simply delete it later on.