"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
Part I: Memory systems1 Introducing the mnemonic mediumHow can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18Journal1 Introducing the mnemonic medium2 Introducing the mnemonic medium3 Introducing the mnemonic medium4 Introducing the mnemonic medium5 Introducing the mnemonic medium6 Introducing the mnemonic medium7 Introducing the mnemonic mediumFew subjects are more widely regarded as difficult than quantum computing and quantum mechanics. Indeed, popular media accounts often regale (and intimidate) readers with quotes from famous physicists in the vein of: “anyone who thinks they’ve understood quantum mechanics has not understood quantum mechanics”. What makes these subjects difficult? In fact, individually many of the underlying ideas are not too complicated for people with a technical background. But the ideas come in an overwhelming number, a tsunami of unfamiliar concepts and notation. People must learn in rapid succession of qubits, the bra-ket notation, Hadamard gates, controlled-not gates, and many, many other abstract, unfamiliar notions. They're imbibing an entire new language. Even if they can follow at first, understanding later ideas requires fluency with all the earlier ideas. It's overwhelming and eventually disheartening. Continue reading… Index 1 Introducing the mnemonic medium 2 Introducing the mnemonic medium 3 Introducing the mnemonic medium 4 Introducing the mnemonic medium 5 Introducing the mnemonic medium 6 Introducing the mnemonic medium 7 Introducing the mnemonic medium Continue reading…