"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
5 Two cheers for mnemonic techniques1 How important is memory, anyway?How can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18Journal1 How important is memory, anyway?2 How important is memory, anyway?3 How important is memory, anyway?4 How important is memory, anyway?5 How important is memory, anyway?6 How important is memory, anyway?7 How important is memory, anyway?8 How important is memory, anyway?9 How important is memory, anyway?10 How important is memory, anyway?11 How important is memory, anyway?People tend to fall into two buckets when told of the mnemonic medium. One group is fascinated by the idea, and wants to try it out. The second group is skeptical or even repulsed. In caricature, they say: “Why should I care about memory? I want deeper kinds of understanding! Can't I just look stuff up on the internet? I want creativity! I want conceptual understanding! I want to know how to solve important problems! Only dull, detail-obsessed grinds focus on rote memory.” It's worth thinking hard about such objections. To develop the best possible memory system we need to understand and address the underlying concerns. In part, this means digging down far enough to identify the mistaken or superficial parts of these concerns. It also means distilling as sharply as possible the truth in the concerns. Doing both will help us improve and go beyond the current prototype mnemonic medium. Continue reading… Index 1 How important is memory, anyway? 2 How important is memory, anyway? 3 How important is memory, anyway? 4 How important is memory, anyway? 5 How important is memory, anyway? 6 How important is memory, anyway? 7 How important is memory, anyway? 8 How important is memory, anyway? 9 How important is memory, anyway? 10 How important is memory, anyway? 11 How important is memory, anyway? Continue reading…