I find your posts really insightful. Thank you so much for taking the time to write them.
But I do have a question, if you don’t mind… what’s it like inside your memory palaces? How much info do you have stored? I really just want to hear a real world example of what it’s like to have a ton of info in a palace.
Answer: What’s it like? It’s like any place you can visualize. Except ten or 100 times as detailed(for my main memory palace). That’s the result of spending so much time in it, creating every piece and focusing on detail. Plus, I created that one from scratch.
How much info? I have ~100 memory palaces connected to my main palace(which basically stores all other palaces). Some of them are filled out. I have the usual things people memorize. All the countries, alphabetically, to which I connect info that I hear about them in the news and such. All the presidents(U.S.) and term dates, significant things they accomplished, stuff going on at the time. The periodic table of elements(that’s actually the staircase of my main memory palace, each step being an element, I don’t know whether I mentioned that anywhere).
I also have my summary of a movie called history of the world in two hours. Here is the post. I have recently started memorizing books. I just write down a one or two page summary of the most important points, or the most useful points, of SOME books, then memorize that. Not all. Just the ones I feel really deserve it, and that I want to remember in the future. I’m also memorizing the titles and authors of ALL books I read, just to see how many there are(I read quite a lot). Numbers, cards… I try to memorize names and faces of everyone I meet(doesn’t always work but it’s better than my natural memory for names). Random facts, some videos(Not really using memory techniques. I just visualize the speaker in a certain place, I might even use the same stage that he was on, and feel him giving the speech. Works well if it’s a good speech, that energizes you…) Quotes… etc
You didn’t ask, but a pretty important topic is review. I review twice right away, and another one or two times later in the day. Twice the next day. Then once 3 days after, once a week or two after, then a month or two. It’s not as structured as that, I just get a feeling that I should review. Plus, usually, it’s information I want to either share or use, so I count recollecting it as a review.
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