Memorization is important to critical thinking

Despite popular belief that memorization is useless for critical analysis, recent studies have shown that having information stored in your memory is what enables one to think critically. Some scientists believe that the more factual knowledge people have about a topic, the better they can think about it critically and analytically. A groundbreaking study published in 1946 showed that the reason expert chess players choose better moves than weaker players is based on pattern recognition.

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