“And that’s the problem… there is no general standard nomenclature, taxonomy, notation or recognised authority for this subject of ours.”

I posted the above sentence in another thread in reply to someone asking about experience with Memory Courses and it triggered me into opening up a little about some of the problems I have found with getting across to people what Memory Systems are all about

I also wrote: "There are in my experience VERY FEW GREAT memory courses available. But I have worked through a few and I can tell you that the following three are GOOD MEMORY COURSES I bought and used:

Dominic O’Brian’s Quantum Memory which I got from Audible,

Ron White’s Memory in a Month,

Course In Memory And Concentration - Dr Bruno Furst which I picked up at a local Charity Book Shop)

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Three courses three approaches no standard definitions or solutions.

And that’s the problem… there is no general standard nomenclature, taxonomy, notation or recognised authority for this subject of ours.

While Memory systems are very much like music or mathematics or language grammars - we have not yet been able to agree on standard terms or approaches or even definitions:

Fact: we do not have a standard notation, measurement criteria or difficulty ratings or - even one standard model for approach.

I think that we are at present about five hundred years behind music, three hundred years behind mathematics and several hundred years behind languages. I mean by that if I open any piano music book it is written in standard musical notation, key signatures, grand staff, standard clefs, time signatures and a standard pitch - you can write anything down using these standard terms and notations – Same with any maths book it uses the conventions of number and then arithmetic then algebra, geometry, trig, single variable calculus, multi variable calculus, statistics, probability logarithms… all built on each other - it is now a big collection of standardised terms which anyone who knows the language of maths can follow.

We do not have that in memory.

Why?

Because we have can’t agree. And most people writing generally about memory are amateurs (myself included - and yes Francis Yates too and Dominic O’Brian and Ron White - we are all amateurs when it comes to laying out a standard step by step vision of how to communicate with each other about ideas… )

There is no standard notation for ENCODING (Systems), STORING Systems) , RETRIEVAL )Systems) … so each course is different as each author advocates different takes like the Dominic System version of a PAO, the Ron White version - in fact most of the real serious work on memory is the development of competitive systems - not one universal ‘method’. Yet!

K