"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."
-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
Tools for thought must be developed in tandem with deep, original creative work:2 Tools for thought must be developed in tandem with deep, original creative work:Tools for thought must be developed in tandem with deep, original creative work:Summary and ConclusionHow can we develop transformative tools for thought？2020-10-18Journal
Let's return to the question that began the essay: how to build transformative tools for thought? Of course, we haven't even precisely defined what such transformative tools are! But they're the kind of tools where relatively low cost changes in practice produce transformative changes in outcome – non-linear returns and qualitative shifts in thinking. This is in contrast with the usual situation, where a small change in practice causes a small change in results.
Historically, humans have invented many such transformative tools for thought. Writing and music are ancient examples; in modern times, tools such as Photoshop and AutoCAD qualify. Although it's very early days, we believe the mnemonic medium shows much promise. It needs to be developed much further, along the lines we've described, and likely requires additional powerful ideas. But we believe it's possible for humanity to have a widespread memory practice that radically changes the way we think.