Today on a hike, I tried to do what I think most other people are doing, take in a strong visual image of the locii and use that as the primary record. It’s a new hike and I’d just decided to make a Journey out of it so I thought to try this technique. Can’t. Visual input is absolutely overwhelming and I can’t deal with it. It’s a flood of information and it hurts. My brain says “ouch” and dumps everything. I don’t know why I forgot about this when I talked myself into it.
Same reason I can’t make eye contact with you - it’s too much. Too intense. I’ll take glances at you out of the side of my eye and build up a picture a lick at a time. If I look you in the eye, I cannot understand what you say to me. Too distracting. And that’s what I would do with the locii, a glance here, glance there and then these features are held together by a running narrative. Walking between the locii, I am barely looking at the scenery. If I visit an art gallery, it’s going to be one painting. I can spend two hours with it but I cannot tour the floors and I do not understand how other people can and still come away with something.
I am much slower than most people when I have to take in raw or unprocessed information. I have to “interpret” it to myself and with unfamiliar material this is slow. Sometimes one has to just “know” stuff before one is ready to understand it. Part of my interest in memory techniques is to counter this and it does help a lot. I do get to the same place in the end. Once I have grip on the basics, and I’m very persistent, I can usually soak up the rest at a reasonable rate. Everybody else has to do this work in the end but I have to do it up front and that’s not always the best strategy.
I did take pix. I’ll try doing some sketches from them. See what happens.
This was an interesting Journey in more than one way.