I posted about 18 months ago, but wanted to start my findings on a new topic and hopefully get some feedback / suggestions.
I want to be able to learn 1,000s of (non-sequential) Bible verses - the ones that ‘jump’ out at me. I have the following ‘plan’, but before I start on what will no doubt take years, I don’t want to make a mistakes and then find out in six month’s time, that I have pretty much wasted six months as something that I hadn’t thought would be an issue turned out to be a show stopper…
Here’s my plan:
Use a Memory Palace:
I need 66 rooms / loci, so, I am thinking of one of the following 3 options for this:
- I haven’t lived in a house with this number of areas, so I was thinking of using probably three houses that I have lived in the make up this number (I will try to find one of he New Testament and see if I can logically split the Old Testament books into the other two houses).
- Use a virtual tour journey of the Titanic. There are a number of great videos on YouTube that have a virtual tour of the Titanic before her ill-fated maiden voyage. I am considering using part of one of these for my 66 locations.
- My third option is the City in which I live (Edinburgh, Scotland). Either mapping the centre of town (with a journey that has 66 steps) using Google Maps street view, or…
3a) finding the 66 most notable places in Edinburgh and using them.
So which one of the above do you think would work the best?
My next conundrum (and one that I would also loved to hear your thoughts on) is whether to use the Major System, or Dominic System for the chapter and verse numbers (the book being established by the loci). Is one ‘better’ than the other (or perhaps more specifically better for what I want to use it (and easier would be good too))?
Finally, my ‘plan’ is to link the chapter / verse number with the text of the verse using 1, 2, or 3 images to work visually with either the Major or Dominic System.
For example, to remember John 3:16 (‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not perish, but have eternal life’), I would picture a heart right above the earth as the trigger since this verse is well known to me (and I suspect most Christians).
Perhaps for more obscure verses, I would pick out one-three key words from the sentence and have them interact in some way.
For example, I will at some point learn ‘Joshua wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written.’ (Joshua 8:32b) For this verse, I could use (if I used the Dominic System) Oliver Hardy (from Laurel & Hardy) which is my number ‘08’ (OH) making a mess (Stan Laurel always used to say “that’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into”) using a chisel and hammer on a stone tablet.
Anyway, if you’ve made it down to hear thank you (and well done!).
Please do let me know if the above sounds solid, workable, usable and (perhaps most importantly) ‘trouble free’ before I start on this endeavour that will take years to complete (though new verses will no doubt be added in years to come, so in that sense, it will never finish)…
Thank you for taking the time to reply.