Palace Notes – I

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The three wise men of Ingress, Martin Schubert (Skeptic), Yuri Alaric Nagassa (Humanist) and Stein Lightman (Spiritualist) share notes on the subject of mind palaces — this is the first half of their conversation…

This topic seems to be slowly but surely coming into focus following the revelation that Tycho’s cryptic message ‘Remember the ruin of Scopas’ may have in fact been a hint towards Simonides. The greek poet survived the collapse of Scopas’ dining hall and — in the aftermath — is said to have used a memory technique called ‘method of loci,’ or a mind palace, to identify the victims of the tragedy.

nagassa
Want to compare notes on mind palaces.

lightman
timely…

nagassa
I think we all know that this is going to be very significant.

MartinSchubert
I think the whole concept is ridiculous. You first.

nagassa
Of course the overall concept is geography. You tie memories to geography. Even the earliest cultures do this. Legends are thinly disguised maps. Songlines are really ways for people to remember paths based on stories.

lightman
Different issue, though — isn’t it? You are talking about collective mind palaces and utilitarian objects. Ordinary things. But we all know that the purpose of this conversation is mind palaces that are far more than just utilitarian. And definitely not ordinary.

nagassa
I was starting at the beginning… The macro view and can then work micro if you want to. A personal mind palace is a private reality first used to remember and organize things and then used to share with others even though we don’t consciously know we’re doing it.

MartinSchubert
Let me jump start this conversation, because frankly Yuri I’m bored already. You are about to argue that the implantation of public works of art and architecture is not only to mark Portals but to ascribe artificial meaning to an otherwise insouciant universe. Then you are going to tell us that they are a collective mind palace. And the crap Lightman has all over his walls and shelves is his personal mind palace.

lightman
A personal mind palace is stored in the brain, Martin — but you are right, it could perhaps be triggered and reinforced by private objects.2nr,8ei4,5d

nagassa
It is both — and that is the very heart of the matter. We are animals. Spiritual animals, perhaps, but animals. And the physical matters to animals. It connects to the mental and — quite frankly — to the Exogenous.

-PAC


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