Off-topic: Magic Number 7 (WAS: Re: XML Editors - Word 2000?? )

Didier PH Martin martind at
Tue Jul 6 02:48:04 BST 1999

Hi Trevor

Trevor said:
The point here is:- memory is specific to individuals - there is no
generality about different people's ability to remember. Some exposed to
lots of numbers will remember - with practice lots, others can not remember

do not pin hopes on any one number - identify the nature of the person

Didier says:
I won't continue this thread in the XML list because it is more appropriate
in a psychology discussion group. However, to respond to your point,
training do not affect short memory capacity but uses it more efficiently by
using tricks like story telling, image associations, etc... In fact, by
using such tricks the chucking mechanism is more powerful and refer to
bigger set of data.

Your point about mind expansion reminds me some Timothy Larry arguments in
the 60s.

Didier PH Martin
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