I’m new on the forum, so I’ll present myself very briefly. I’m hailing from good ol’ Europe, am in my early thirties, and I’m a complete new comer in the world of mnemonics.
I’d first discovered mnemonics and memory palaces when reading books from Yates, Carruthers and Paolo Rossi, but that was more than twelve years ago, and I’ve never tried to put these ideas in practice.
So, yeah, no experience at all with mnemonics. I’ve always tried to use my memory as much as I could though – for example, I generally don’t write much information such as addresses or phone numbers. Also, as I love books very much, I’ve learned by heart hundreds of poems and texts of different lengths, but did it without much of a technique. On the other hand, I seem to have quite a hard time remembering faces and names – which has probably at least something to do with me not paying much attention when meeting someone new.
So, here’s for the background.
Some days ago - don’t ask me why, as I have no clue myself - I thought it would be nice to see how these things work practically. So, I found a book by Dominic O’Brien, How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week, and started to read it. But before making my own PA list and commit to learn it, I thought it would be a sound idea to check a bit whether this was still a good/relevant way to go, and thus discovered this forum.
I think I will spend the last days reading more about the different systems, and then create a post detailing what I think I understood, what I propose for myself, in order to ask questions – I already have several - and get you guys’ thoughts.
As for my recent interest in mnemonics, it is twofold:
- I’d like to do it in a sort of “mental hygiene” perspective, that is to keep my brain as fit as I can.
- I’m interested in seeing concretely how these techniques work, out of pure curiosity.
As you see, so far at least, I don’t have a “concrete” interest in my daily life. I’d have more a sort of “mnemonics-for-the-sake-of-mnemonics” type of interest.
Concretely, I’d like to start practicing with:
- Learning long chains of numbers
- Learning sequences of playing cards
I think that’s it. I’ll continue reading through the forum, and I’ll post my questions in an ad hoc topic when I feel I’m ready.