I’ve been trying to figure out how to work with virtual or imaginary memory palaces. After quite a bit or reading on the topic, I found most suggestions do not resonate with me. So, I decided to forge ahead with simply crafting palaces myself. My goal is long-term memories for things that interest me, not speed or competition. I have plenty of real-world palaces I can use, but I would like to also have imaginary palaces as an option.
I carefully created the layout of a single bedroom apartment in my head. I have 40-ish loci in this little apartment.
I know everyone has their own methods, and there is no right or wrong. The reason I am writing this post is because I am impatient, I am curious to know if anyone has used a similar method, and if there are flaws I have not yet considered. I want to test my method for at least 3-4 apartments. For this test, I am using pi. I do not care about remembering pi, it is just an easy thing to use for practice. Encoding is slow for me, I will be working on this for a while.
Here is my plan. I mentally approach the first apartment, which is on the bottom floor of this limitless vertical apartment complex. On the door is an image of a bicycle. That’s my first loci. When I enter the apartment, there is a guy in a bike helmet and spandex sitting on the couch of the living room, watching TV and eating some sort of snacks. Hanging on the wall above the couch is a framed photo of bike racers. Somewhere near bookshelves in one corner are a mountain bike and a road bike leaning against the wall. Ok, there we go… that’s my setting for this apartment. Otherwise, there are the 40 loci I mentioned above.
When I am done with this apartment, I’ll go up a flight of stairs to the next floor. I’ll theme the apartment in a similar fashion. Maybe this apartment has a ninja on the door, there is a ninja practicing his moves in the room, there is a pile of katanas and shurikens in the corner near the bookshelves, and the painting above the couch is of a Japanese garden/temple/castle. And… 40 more loci, all the same as before.
And so on. Every apartment has a theme, but the 40 loci are the same.
After I spend a lot of time in these apartments, I am guessing I’ll know the 40 loci as well as I know the rooms and objects of my real home. But, if I keep using the same apartment over and over, will the nightstand next to the bed in the 4th apartment become confused with the nightstand in the other apartments?
What do you think? Will this work? After I post this, I’ll get back to remembering another few dozen number pairs of pi. I’ll be able to answer for myself eventually. But I’d love to hear opinions on this perhaps-too-simple construct.