"After World War II, Milman Parry and Albert Lord studied poetic bards in Yugoslavia and discovered that they could recite up to 500,000 lines of material." (Thomas F. X. Noble)
"In 1596, Ricci wrote A Treatise on
Mnemonics, in Chinese, for the governor of Jiangxi Province. In it he recreated the medieval European idea of a memory palace -- an edifice you build in your mind and furnish with mnemonic devices. Recollection is a process of walking through the rooms and associating information with their contents. Those contents must be distinct and dramatic.
August 26, 2005, we began to construct our own Memory Palace. So far
we only have two rooms, a bathroom -- we've got to have indoor plumbing
like the people of Ur did 4,000 years ago -- and a gallery to display our
treasures of art, especially those of antiquity.
In our gallery, we have an eight-foot tall statue, dead center, with four recessed spot lights shining on it. It is made out of gold, silver, bronze, iron and clay.
A short distance away, in the right corner, is another work of art, donated by Stewart Screpetis, the Black Obelisk.
Next to the Black Obelisk, on the left, is the place for the next object. Someone's choice will be selected on Monday.