Memory Palace for Maximum Situational Awareness

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#1 3 February, 2017 - 12:46
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Memory Palace for Maximum Situational Awareness


I've been interested in memory palaces ever since I read "Moonwalking with Einstein" and I have been interested in developing situational awareness ever since I read this article (http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/02/05/how-to-develop-the-situational-...). Would it be possible to create a Memory Palace specifically dedicated to situational awareness, so for example I store information about what people look like, what they are wearing, and maybe even licence plates for a given location. I would eventually want this process to become second nature to me. Also it would be impractical to hold on to that information for a long time, so perhaps after a certain amount of time, say a day, or after you leave that location you erase the information and store new information. Is this possible?

3 February, 2017 - 17:27
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It is an interesting idea you are talking about. I am confuse on why you would want to remember that information. You are trying to remember a lot of info just to forget it a day later. I just made a blog post talking about how to forget information you can check out: http://www.johnnybriones.com/blog/2017/2/3/how-to-forget-information

It will be hard to reuse a memory palace right away because of all the ghost images you have. I am still trying to figure out how to make it so you just learn the information without thinking about it.

4 February, 2017 - 03:49
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Basically you want autistic senses, which is a first to me haha.

As someone who has this "ability" naturally, I can't tell you how to master it, but I can tell you some experiences. I can see when things have changed, I can walk into a room and say something has changed in a specific corner since a few weeks before, though I can't say exactly what it was before. Same with clothes, I can see when someone changes their clothes, but I can't always remember exactly what they wore before. While you want to take it a step further, I would definitly not.
My current awareness is already extremely tiring, often leading to annoying and sometimes painful mental exhaustion headaches, similar to those sometimes found in burn-out patients.

In order to really do this effectively, you need way more skills to develop that most dont have naturally. You need to be able to shift attention unbiassed for an objective view of your surroundings (which humans do not have, as shown by the viral picture of "the dress", which was blue-black according to some, white-gold according to others.). You need the ability to see the whole image, envision it as individial separate elements, analyse those and then turn it back into the whole image. You need to surpass your attentional bias and focus. Humans are not naturally made for that.

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