Many people view memory as unimportant to deep creative work

When telling others that Spaced repetition memory systems make memory a choice, people often react quite negatively: “What’s the point of memorizing all that stuff? Rote knowledge isn’t what matters: I want conceptual understanding, creativity, artistry, etc!”

One response to this is to point out that in fact, Spaced repetition memory systems can be used to develop conceptual understanding. But it’s also important to take seriously the claims against the value of memorization. Some responses there:

More generally: Spaced repetition and creativity


Matuschak, A., & Nielsen, M. (2019, October 0). How can we develop transformative tools for thought? (see section “How important is memory anyway?”)

Last updated 2023-07-13.