Method of Loci

Loci as architecture and the “Memory Palace”

In ancient advice, loci were physical locations, usually in a familiar large public building, such as a market or a church. To utilize this method, one walked through the building several times, viewing distinct places within it, in the same order each time. After a few repetitions of this, one should be able to remember and visualize each of the places in order reliably. To memorize a speech, one breaks it up into pieces, each of which is symbolized by vividly imagined objects or symbols. In the mind’s eye, one then places each of these images into different loci. They can then be recalled in order by imagining that one is walking through the building again, visiting each of the loci in order, and viewing each of the images that were placed in the loci, thereby recalling each piece of memory or speech in order.

Method of loci – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Loci as architecture and the “Memory Palace”

In ancient advice, loci were physical locations, usually in a familiar large public building, such as a market or a church. To utilize this method, one walked through the building several times, viewing distinct places within it, in the same order each time. After a few repetitions of this, one should be able to remember and visualize each of the places in order reliably. To memorize a speech, one breaks it up into pieces, each of which is symbolized by vividly imagined objects or symbols. In the mind’s eye, one then places each of these images into different loci. They can then be recalled in order by imagining that one is walking through the building again, visiting each of the loci in order, and viewing each of the images that were placed in the loci, thereby recalling each piece of memory or speech in order.

Method of loci – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Random walk

Random walk – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I remember some article about periods of extreme regularity in random walks… but don’t remember whether periods of regularity are inherent in certain types of truly random walks, or whether it was because the algorithm wasn’t really random… 

Surely extreme order and even self-organization can arise from entropic systems – like ripples in the sand on a beach, or stars forming from interstellar dust… hmm…

Random walk – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I remember some article about periods of extreme regularity in random walks… but don’t remember whether periods of regularity are inherent in certain types of truly random walks, or whether it was because the algorithm wasn’t really random… 

Surely extreme order and even self-organization can arise from entropic systems – like ripples in the sand on a beach, or stars forming from interstellar dust… hmm…