Question about practical use of Method of Loci

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#1 13 September, 2016 - 17:04
Joined: 2 years 3 months ago

Question about practical use of Method of Loci

Hello everyone

I intend to start a big project regarding mnemonics, I'm studying for university entrance examinations, and I'm intrested in developing a vast and reliable memory palace which shall contain a lot of information from different topics of human knowledge (history, literature, philosophy, etc). Has anyone ever done this? Matteo Ricci comes to mind, he supposedly used it from an early age as a tool for studying and storing information, I'd like to follow his example. My way of thinking is that if I'm going to develop my memory and improve my visualization skills it might as well be filled with useful and practical knowledge, I don't see the point of memorizing thousands of random numbers just for the sake of it. What are your thoughts?

16 September, 2016 - 00:53
Joined: 3 years 6 months ago

Not sure if it is any help, but maybe you can work with this?

16 September, 2016 - 10:34
Joined: 2 years 2 months ago

Do you play Video-Games?
For me, it's the best way to get a lot of easy palaces.
In these, there's usually a few "levels" that you repeated > 10 times.
If the game is in first person and 3D, then it usually works the best. (Because you can visualize walking into the rooms etc.)

What I did to finally use these palaces more, was to pick one of those "levels", and fill it up, in order, with all my daily facts wort remembering.
So far, it doesn't mater that the subjects are mixed up, but I barely filled 100 Loci, it might get troublesome passed that.

After choosign a palace, every time I have 2-10 seconds to zone-out. I try to take that time to place the new information in the palace.

That works for me because I can re-visit my palace at night and see what was important that day, and review the last few days at the same time.
I'm not studying tho, so I don't have a lot placed every day...

well, TLDR : If you didn't use the palaces yet, the easiest way I found to start using them is to Chose one palace you ± know, and to just fill it up from start to finish in the order you receive it through your day.

16 September, 2016 - 12:28
Joined: 2 years 3 months ago

Hello Mayarra, brilliant thread! My method is kind of similar to yours: I have my own palace, which has lots of corridors, each corridor belongs to a different subject and in each corridor there are 10 doors. The doors lead me to places I know well in real life, and I put my Loci there. It's a nice way to organize the knowledge, and makes it a whole lot easier to review it later. Once I run out of places (which will be pretty soon if I keep studying everyday) I pretend to create new ones with my imagination in order to strenghten my visualization skills. Thanks for the reply

16 September, 2016 - 12:27
Joined: 2 years 3 months ago

Yeah, I used to play a lot of online games, my "palace" is built out of a video game map, but I modified it a bit to make it more glamorous, haha. Each door from my memory palace leads me to a different place I know in real life. I've tried to use game maps to store Loci and it didn't turn out that well =/. But I've had good success with creating fictive places and storing Loci there, for example, my palace has a library which I created from scratch, and I use it to store random things I need to remember within 1 or 2 days. Thanks for the reply

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