Has anyone here read Lynne Kelly’s new book, The Memory Code yet? I think that it’s available in Australia, the US, and the UK at the moment.
It’s one of the most thought provoking books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it.
Here are some of the topics that the book covers:
- It takes the history of memory techniques back many thousands of years before the Ancient Greeks and Romans.
- It describes how oral cultures use memory systems to store encyclopedias of knowledge in their minds. The mnemonic devices and knowledge systems have roles in their economies and social hierarchies.
- It provides examples of sophisticated mnemonic devices from many cultures, including Australian Aborigines, Ojibwe, Sioux, Luba, and many others.
- It shows how oral cultures can be misunderstood by ethnographers due to a lack of understanding about their memory systems.
- It presents fascinating new ideas about how mnemonics relate to monuments like Stonehenge, the Nazca Lines, and Easter Island.
The book tour is headed to New York City, Washington DC, Nottingham, and London. Click here for dates. (NYC is tomorrow, so don’t wait.)
There is also an exciting project happening in Australia called The Orality Centre.
I’m really interested in trying some of the techniques that are mentioned in the book. If you’ve read the book, leave a comment below, and let’s discuss it!