Category Archives: mnemonics

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) 36 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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Guest blog: experiments with memory

I am getting a lot of emails from readers which is so rewarding. Some are trying out the memory methods and are as astounded as I was about how effective they are. Barry described his experiences. I will hand over … 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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Starting a contemporary songline – Countries of the world

A number of readers of The Memory Code have asked for the specifics of how to start a contemporary songline to memorise a particular set of information. For example Naomi wrote: So Lynne – ‪#‎songlines‬ – time to get down to nuts and … Continue reading

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The Memory Code is published

I have been overwhelmed, delighted and, I must admit, astonished by the reaction to the first few days of The Memory Code being released. Thank you to everyone who has written to me in response to the radio interviews. Here … Continue reading

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Guest post: Are we outsourcing the human mind?

In my parent’s schooling they had to memorize poems and other great works. In my schooling it was mostly dates and places. Today memory has been outsourced to Google… So wrote Tyler Barrett on a friend’s Facebook post about The Memory Code. … Continue reading

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