"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
2 Expanding the scope of memory systems: what types of understanding can they be used for?4 Expanding the scope of memory systems: what types of understanding can they be used for?Expanding the scope of memory systems: what types of understanding can they be used for?How can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18JournalOne of the ideas motivating Quantum Country is that memory systems aren't just useful for simple declarative knowledge, such as vocabulary words and lists of capitals. In fact, memory systems can be extraordinarily helpful for mastering abstract, conceptual knowledge, the kind of knowledge required to learn subjects such as quantum mechanics and quantum computing. This is achieved in part through many detailed strategies for constructing cards capable of encoding this kind of understanding. But, more importantly, it's possible because of the way the mnemonic medium embeds spaced repetition inside a narrative. That narrative embedding makes it possible for context and understanding to build in ways difficult in other memory systems. Continue reading…