About the Author
“This is a SuperMemo’s Fan Blog. After several trials and errors I finally learned to love it, sometimes hate it, but I just can’t live with out it anymore.
I’ll share some thoughts on how to learn with SuperMemo or any other knowledge management tool.“
A more detailed version:
I’m Germán S. P., learning is my preferred interest, in fact, today, is what I enjoy most in life. My formal education is on Medicine. I’ll be pursuing a career on Neurology soon, although a sub-specialization on neuro-cognitive science is in the horizon too.
For me computers where love at first sight when I was like 8 years old, fascinating absolutely fascinating, today I read constantly about singularity and believe that it will be achieve sooner than we think.
I like sport pretty much, done basketball at a high competitive level although not world level type; I’ve done long distance running (best at 5k – 10k) also but recently cycling has absorbed my fitness goals.
I love to learn languages, my native language is Spanish, learning English has been an almost 10 year period of effort as it has been mostly autodidact ( why? well is just my way of being, watching people attend for many years second languages courses, without going over low proficiency, has made a great influence on this decision). If I knew SuperMemo back then I’d probably learned it much faster. Currently tackling German language, but as always many other priorities seems to overwhelm what I can accomplish until know.
I like to read anything (truly anything) but I must admit I have to just read what I can. My fields of interest involve neuro-cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, psychology of sports, endurance training, money and business, neural networks, language learning, politics, technology, neurology and neurosurgery (specially related to cognition or human interface for singularity purposes)… (I filled more later).
Update 2009.10.05: I’m not adding further interests but trying to focus my self into less fields (following experts on expertise advice).
I’ve studied computer programing since I had a computer between my hands (basic, c, c++, visual basic, java scripting and python) but sadly never had the continuity necessary (or SuperMemo) to master it.
Until a couple of years Dr. Ericcson’s works on Expertise was not in my knowledge databank. The Cambridge Handbook Manual on Expertise has been one of the best investments on life. Currently reading “Talent is overrated” (Thanks for reminding me Jerry, I had to continue reading this excellent book)
I enjoy designing and creating solutions to problems, what ever they are, because I believe that only then you use creative abilities based on a knowledge base to we grasp the powerfulness of the human mind, and enjoy a lot trying to bring this solutions.
I’ve learned late in life (Ok, not so late, but I’m a very extremist guy) that collaborative problem solving should be a must in the current stage of development of our society. That’s the reason I started this blog. I’ve started other blogs in the past, related to memory, neuro-cognitive psychology, but after a while I lost the interest mainly because of lack of English skills. I was going to start this blog as a way to learn medicine knowledge (If I only knew this back at college) and although it turn out to be an great opportunity to learn how to write, and also as SuperMemo has become a way of life for me, then I thought a blog about how to enhance its uses would be more appropriate.
Once someone told me – Would you live if SuperMemo didn’t exist? .. A clear YES was the answer … but I would probably design it my self . And.. if they stop producing SuperMemo?… I would look for people to recreate the algorithm or even hacked it (meaning improving) to be an better one. Why don’t you do it just now?… I’m a Physician not a Computer Scientist (although Id love to), my hands are mostly full all the time and last but not least I’m enjoying so much learning with it that is does most a lot of what I need… today.
Happy supermemoing to you all!
This blog has no affiliation with original creators of SuperMemo products.
mail: gersapa at gmail dot com