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“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.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. LittleFish permalink
    August 26, 2009 15:21

    Really? You know some of the original creators of Supermemo? I wasn’t aware of that. I don’t want to ask any personal information, but could you comment on it? To me, knowing the author(s) of Supermemo would be like meeting a famous celebrity.

    • gersapa permalink*
      August 27, 2009 22:58

      I don’t know any of them personally, sorry my post expressed this in some way.

      I checked the post and it was a typo: “has affiliation ” vs “has no affiliation” this has been corrected,

      Thanks for noticing. You’ve been such a great help on this blog that I feel like we’ve created some new type of interactive blogging.

  2. LittleFish permalink
    August 28, 2009 08:46

    I’m glad I could help. Honestly, I was planning on making a Supermemo blog, but I thought I would update it only once or twice, and then stop; so I’m glad someone else created a blog, so at least I can lend my support to it.

  3. September 29, 2009 20:14

    I just put the Handbook Manual on Expertise on my “Wish List” at Amazon. I have read and enjoyed a couple of related books “Talent is Overrated” and “Outliers” (one of the best books I’ve ever read!)

    • gersapa permalink*
      October 1, 2009 16:48

      Both books are very inspiring indeed. Personally, The Handbook Manual on Expertise suits me more because of my scientific tendency to look for things with scientific evidence (but both this book are more inspiring). The Handbook includes a full chapter on medicine expertise hence another reason of preference. I became interested in expertise after hearing Dr. Ericcson (expert on expertise) talks, there you notice why you are not world expert, although you could be called a geek or bookworm, now I know. World expert? I’m not sure… yet.

  4. Karti permalink
    November 26, 2009 00:14

    Hi,
    After reading your posts on Supermemo, I would like to test it out. Is there a way to import anki decks into Supermemo? I am using anki for 8 months and have a huge collection of cards. It will be difficult to do it again. I downloaded supermemo 98, but I could not get the decks into supermemo.

    • gersapa permalink*
      November 26, 2009 08:46

      Anki provides exporting functions to txt format, but importing directly to supermemo is not supported.

      I would do the following:
      Export from ANKI using “Facts in Tab-separated text file” format
      Edit in Notepad++, changing the format to a Q/A format usable in Supermemo.
      Import to Supermemo

      I don’t use supermemo98 anymore, but I did in the past, newer supermemo have many options I like.

      I’ll send you an email, with text files attached so you can see the conversions needed to import anki collections to supermemo.

      • Karti permalink
        November 27, 2009 00:15

        Thanks for the file. It did got imported into SM98. I can see there are a lot of entry into the file. Did you use any kind of macro or program to convert the text file from anki to make it as Q&A text file. I can do it manually but it will take a lot of time.

  5. Karti permalink
    November 27, 2009 00:34

    I figured the macro out. Please ignore my earlier post.

  6. Marius permalink
    July 27, 2010 01:23

    hey guys,
    I’m new to this stuff. I started using flashcardexchange.com but they only use the leitner system, i wish they would also use spaced repitition. I don’t want to download software. I want to use a program that is online only. I don’t know if I like Anki.
    I’m studying to take the MCAT soon.

    What do you guys suggest?

    • gersapa permalink*
      August 7, 2010 19:00

      Sorry to inform you that supermemo is not totally portable like anki, albeit its algorithm seems more effective. I’m still planing to make a real research on this effectiveness, but currently residency training is take too much time, so its not possible at this time.

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