Hi everyone, I’m not new to using memory palaces but I’ve only ever used the technique for remembering small pieces of information, and more to the point, only remembering for a temporary and short amount of time. So I’m hoping for guidance and feedback as my planned memory-palace project is going to be huge and ongoing. I want to get it right.
Put simply, I want to set up a multi-level memory palace that is ready to accept information and knowledge for recall throughout the rest of my life. I wanted it to be arranged in an almost categorical way so that it has an element of predictabilty to aid recall in many years time.
My plans are to adopt the existing taxonomy ‘Bliss Bibliographic Classification’ system as the top most master directory. Bliss BC has 26 categories as follows:
- Generalia, phenomena, knowledge, information science & technology
- Philosophy and logic
- Mathematics, probability, statistics
- General science and Physics
- Earth sciences
- Biological sciences
- Applied biological sciences: agriculture and ecology
- Physical anthropology, human biology, health sciences
- Psychology and psychiatry
- Society (includes social sciences, sociology and social anthropology)
- Religion, occult, morals and ethics
- Social welfare and criminology
- Politics and public administration
- Economics and management of economic enterprises
- Technology and useful arts (including household management and services)
- The Arts
- Language and literature
With the exception of the first category, I will make no changes. The first category is somewhat redundant in a human-memory classification system. However I’m actually keeping it in, partially due to sentiment, and partially in the event the loci becomes useful
I have designed the list to be a cyclical list with items number 1 and 26 existing separately.
My ‘waiting room’ as I’m calling this top-most palace is a small room that contains a bust statue of Marcus Aurelius, a small tabletop model of the Louvre, and a bookshelf. The bookshelf and Louvre are quite simply loci hyperlinks, as Gavino puts it in his post about his Massive Memory Palace System. These link to item 1 and 26 respectively. As a sidenote, I’m hoping that the museology section will be a nice standalone section to facilitate a catalogue of buildings for use as memory palaces.
The bust of Marcus Aurelius acts as the beginning and ending of a cyclical list.
I’d like those of you more experienced to weigh in on whether the following approach is practical:
- Associate the items in the list with each other in a sequential story, eg. smash the bust of Aurelius (2. Philosophy) on the floor and out spill abacus beads, picking one up. (3. Mathematics)
- The ability to choose whether to choose whether to ‘dive in’ to a category by transporting to a new memory palace, eg. triggered by eating a bead, or move onto the next list item by interacting differently, eg. The bead in my hand becomes a large glowing, swirling, atom representation (4. Science and Physics)
- Once at the end of the list, the final item can become the bust of Aurelius again and I find myself back in the waiting room as before
It’s this feature to use list items to choose whether to dive in or ‘swipe left’, as well as the large organisational structure I would like feedback and guidance on. Whether it will work, if anyone uses anything similar. Any input is greatly appreciated.