System for 'recording' the date of an event

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#1 29 January, 2016 - 05:28
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System for 'recording' the date of an event


Hi all,

System for remembering the date that remembered events happen. Summary at the end.

I'm been much intrigued by Lembran Star's project to remember each day of his life. I love the concept and applaud him for making it as far as he has, having just crossed the 1500 day mark. If you haven't seen it you should check it out.
http://mt.artofmemory.com/forums/i-would-like-to-be-able-to-remember-eve...

I would like to be doing something similar in my life, but wanted to start of smaller. Thinking about the biographical memories that I do have (my autobiographical memory is average at best) I've noticed that I have a very very weak sense of *when* they happened- they could be a year ago, they could be 5 years ago, I can't tell. What I usually do is figure out from what the memory was, when it must have happened based on where i've been over the years (at uni, finished uni, job etc). I was thinking about how our memories of events are somewhat malleable. What this seems to allow is the artificial modification of memories in order to insert the date somehow.

The system I came up with is a list of 31 objects (mostly objects) which stand for the days of the month. I just recently decided that it would be useful as well to add to that a way of telling the month (I'm not quite as fussed on the year or day of week just yet). For the months then, I decided on a system of colouring, where the object would be shaded according to the month (12 different colours basically meant the rainbow plus light and dark variants of blue and green, black and white and gold and silver).

I came up with the concept of the system 5 or 6 months ago, and I did try it out on one or two recent memories. I can still remember a dinner I had out, with friends from work, and I know from the image I inserted that it must have been the 15th. I couldn't tell you the month. Overall though that's made me confident that the system can work, and just needs a little tweaking which is why I added the month component.

In Summary, if you memorise the 31 objects representing days of a month and the 12 colours representing each month you can insert an artificial image into a scene from a memory which decoded tells you the date.

For example, at a dinner party if the image for that day is a 'silver' (January) 'skeleton' (29th), imagine a silver skeleton dancing on the table at one point in the night. *bam* Locked into that memory of dinner is a concrete clue to tell you the date.

What do you all think? I've browsed a good chunk of the forums and I don't think it's an idea I've come across yet.

25 February, 2016 - 10:24
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I think that's a very good way of remembering dates! It basically uses the same approach like the method of loci, so there's no reason why it shouldn't work. I'l actually give it a go too.

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