"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
7 Expanding the scope of memory systems: what types of understanding can they be used for?1 Improving the mnemonic medium: making better cardsHow can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18Journal1 Improving the mnemonic medium: making better cards2 Improving the mnemonic medium: making better cards3 Improving the mnemonic medium: making better cardsMost questions and answers should be atomic:Avoid orphan cards:How to best help users when they forget the answer to a question?How to encode stories in the mnemonic medium?In writing mnemonic essays, it's tempting to treat the content of the cards rather casually. After all, a card is just a question and an answer, each containing a little text, perhaps a figure. Surely they ought to be easy to write? While thinking in this way is tempting, it's a mistake. In fact, cards are fundamental building blocks of the mnemonic medium, and card-writing is better thought of as an open-ended skill. Do it poorly, and the mnemonic medium works poorly. Do it superbly well, and the mnemonic medium can work very well indeed. By developing the card-writing skill it's possible to expand the possibilities of the medium. Continue reading… Index 1 Improving the mnemonic medium: making better cards 2 Improving the mnemonic medium: making better cards 3 Improving the mnemonic medium: making better cards Most questions and answers should be atomic: Avoid orphan cards: How to best help users when they forget the answer to a question? How to encode stories in the mnemonic medium? Continue reading…