Tag Archives: mnemonic devices

Memory and ageing

Would we reduce the impact of failing memory, and maybe even of dementia, by formally keeping people in contact with their personal memory devices – song, dance, story, art and landscape? The many questions I receive about my research on … Continue reading

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Lukasa at the Brooklyn Museum

There were many highlights during the month of travel in the US and UK for the publications of the Pegasus Books and Atlantic Books additions of The Memory Code respectively. I expected seeing the two lukasas (more correctly, the plural is … Continue reading

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The Memory Code – Public lectures – US/UK

Thank you to those who have been asking about public lectures on my book tour for the publication of the North American edition of The Memory Code by Pegasus Books and the UK / Europe edition from Atlantic Books. There are … Continue reading

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Reader question: moving away from a memory space

[Click on all the images to get larger sizes.] Miroslav Kalous from Prague in the Czech Republic, wrote and asked: I’d like to thank you for the idea of “large memory spaces” which is really thrilling and I’m on the verge of building … Continue reading

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Grounded: Indigenous Knowing in a Concrete Reality

My new essay is now available free from open access academic publisher, Rounded Globe. Download here: Grounded: Indigenous Knowing in a Concrete Reality The description from the Rounded Globe website: “Non-literate cultures depend on their memories to store all the information … Continue reading

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Playing with a visual alphabet

I am struggling to know which of the (currently) 33 memory experiments to work on at any given time. At the moment, I am playing around with designing a visual alphabet along the lines of those used in the Renaissance. … Continue reading

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Memory Code workshop

There has been a great enthusiasm from readers of The Memory Code to learn to create memory devices and implement them in their own lives. Twenty people gathered for the first workshop at Castlemaine Library on a Saturday morning. The … Continue reading

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The Memory Code – Pegasus Books

I am delighted that the Pegasus Books edition of The Memory Code is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com. Pegasus is publishing for North America (US and Canada) while Atlantic Books are publishing for the UK and Europe. Both are … Continue reading

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Writing – the complication of definitions

What is writing? Specifically, when does what I call a mnemonic object really constitute a written device? It all depends on definitions. Let’s start with the most controversial question it the area – is the Inca khipu a written or … Continue reading

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