Good afternoon, everyone!
Backstory: I’ve (almost) mastered my 00-99 list and I’ve decided to move onto the next stage in my memory training adventure. So, I’ve got my home designated with around 80 loci, although I still have to walk through it again to make sure the loci are somewhat familiar in my mind. Anyway, I was reading through the book Moonwalking With Einstein and I’ve come across something puzzling. It was in the Memory Palace chapter, I believe, where Foer is told to imagine Cooke’s To-Do list using their childhood home. So, the first few items go like this: Pickled garlic, cottage cheese, salmon and so on.
When Foer is told to place the first item—the garlic—onto his driveway, he was imagining a big bottle of garlic. And at his front door, he was imagining a TUB full of cottage cheese. And there was also a woman (I don’t remember her name) swimming in that tub of cheese. And MY question is, or rather what was bothering me is that… how come he imagined more things than he needed to in order for him to remember the to do list? Like, why was he imagining a tub when it was just cheese? I mean, he only had to imagine cheese. I’d imagine just big piles of cheese cubes in front of my door. But, Foer was told to imagine a tub full of cheese and that too with a woman swimming in there. So, how come he doesn’t get confused on what image to translate back to? I mean, if he had a tub in his 00-99 list or something, how come he doesn’t translate the tub, as well as the woman back into the to-do list instead of JUST the cheese?
And I apologise if that didn’t make sense, but what I’m trying to say is that, when I create my images and try to place them onto the loci, I’m questioning whether I should just place the images and nothing but the images themselves, or a collage of images to make it more memorable? But, if I do that I might get confused on what image to convert back to. So, for example, say I’ve the numbers 07 and 20. I place James Bond knocking on my front door and a nose opens the door, or something. This will definitely be forgettable, so I’m thinking if I should add other elements to it, like a plane flying by in the background, or raining, or something unique. But, I can’t seem to think of the fact that they might interfere with my conversion from image to number with so much images on a single loci.
Furthermore, I thought when we’re converting the abstract information into images and placing them onto the loci, I thought we’re placing JUST the images and nothing else so that other images won’t interfere with my recalling. I hope this makes sense, and I hope to hear from someone regarding this bewildering question soon. Have a great day!