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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Walking on your hands is difficult, but only because you’re not using the right body part, your feet. Similarly, memorizing anything can be difficult when you use the wrong part of your brain. Chester has set a world record by accurately memorizing the configurations of 17 different Rubik’s Cubes before blindfolding himself and solving them all. He believes anyone can greatly improve their ability to memorize and recall information by learning how to unlock the experiences stored in our brains that we take for granted and never actively use.

Chester Lian is an expert at memorizing and solving Rubik’s Cubes and he does it blindfolded! He has set two world records, and has been the champion in six blindfolded events at the U.S. National Rubik’s Cube Championships from 2010 to 2012.


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Chester Lian

Chester Lian

Born and raised in Malaysia, Chester currently lives in North Carolina and is a PhD student in Mathematics at Duke University. He specializes in speedcubing, the art of solving a Rubik’s cube and other similar puzzles as fast as possible, while blindfolded.
In 2010, Chester became the first person to break the 15-minute barrier for solving a 5x5x5 Rubik’s cube blindfolded, setting a world record. He set another world record in 2011 for memorizing 17 Rubik’s cubes in a row and solving them all blindfolded. Chester has also solved a 3x3x3x3 Rubik’s cube (yes, that’s a virtual four-dimensional cube). He can solve a Rubik’s cube with one hand in under 20 seconds and, embarrassingly enough, with his feet.