To all the analytic, structured, critical thinkers and any computer nerds here,
I’m a teacher. I trained technical people in software analysis, design, programming, testing, and UML modeling for about the last 20 years and enjoy being able to explain difficult business processes that use complex data structures the best possible way. It’s really only the last few years that I felt like I could do it well.
After revisiting memory systems three years ago in order to help me memorize Bible verses, I realized that I was trying to program my brain. But I didn’t have a computer language, no data models, no good software requirements, no rule tables, and it seemed like a gigantic undertaking. My memory did things I didn’t understand but I knew it was trying to talk to me.
So, two years ago, I started documenting memory systems the way that I knew using requirements gathering (thank you to everyone on this forum!), data modeling, problem definition, language definition, process models and whatever shed light on these magical ways we learn to amend our natural memories.
If the medieval Catholic Church and the Puritans only knew about these magical artificial memories we have now we call a computer. One of my favorite quotes about advanced systems is from Arthur C. Clarke:
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
So it’s been my passion to formalize this memory magic to tame it, measure the complexity of systems, and understand which systems would work the best for my intent. After two years of writing about what my brain does with these, I think it’s still got a lot of holes so I can use your help now. My Bible verse memorization is doing great. But I just don’t know what to do with the 35,000 words I’ve written.
So I can share pieces for feedback if anyone is interested here to help refine what I think works and see if it holds up under scrutiny by the professionals and whether everyone understands it. I’ll take suggestions for what would help people and explain the diagramming and terms I’ve chosen. Here’s a poll to get started so I know what is most interesting for people. I like a poll with up to three choices:
- Standard term definitions and data types
- Process definition
- Encoding systems
(words, letters, digits, people)
- Traversal systems
(stories, object, list)
- Image enhancement
- Peg systems
- Key storage systems
(objects, palaces, journeys)
- Storage type
(top-down vs. bottom-up)
- Verbatim text memorization
- Graphic models
- Mapping by rules
Thanks for helping me out.