"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
6 Mnemonic video8 Mnemonic videoMnemonic videoHow can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18JournalHere's a short sketch of one approach to doing thisThe narrator's script in this sketch is adapted from Cosmos (1984), episode 4., showing how the narrator could ask questions aloud as an integrated part of the overall narration: It seems likely that the rhythm of mnemonic videos would be quite different to mnemonic essays. In particularly, the frequency and density of questions would be lower than in the mnemonic medium, and it would be necessary to test different beats and cadences to ensure a good balance of emotional and intellectual experience. Even high-affect video typically has quieter moments; it achieves the high affect in part by contrast to the lower-intensity moments. Think about the way a good action movie or thriller needs lulls; if it's too high-intensity all the time, eventually our emotional response is dulled. We could design mnemonic video so the questions help fill this lower-intensity emotional beat. Continue reading…