Lynne Kelly: unlocking ancient memory storehouses - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler

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  1. Sources and Methods #34: Lynne Kelly — Sources & Methods

    Alex Strick interviews Dr Lynne Kelly about her new book (on memory palaces and other techniques and her historical research) and how she uses memory skills in her own life.

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  2. bottlerocketscience: EP 038 Lynne Kelly on The Memory Code

    Lynne Kelly is a teacher, science writer and anthropologist of oral and pre-literate cultures. Her most recent book is The Memory Code, which deals with the use of memory techniques including rituals, songs, dances, portable devices, and large-scale geographic features and built structures as memory aids.

    She has conducted a series of experiments to replicate memory techniques from the classical memory palace to handheld memory devices such as the Lukasa to rituals and storytelling. Today, we talk about how several early and modern cultures have used these memory techniques, why Stonehenge and Chaco Canyon may have been used as memory palaces, and why they were almost certainly centers for an oral culture’s knowledge economy.

    As with our other conversations with anthropologists, it’s helpful to remember the following guidelines: * Do not confuse industrial technological advancement with intelligence. “Primitive” people, whether distant from you in space or time, were and are at least as smart as you. The less technology they had at hand, the more this is true. Fools die when times are hard, or as Lynne Kelly’s colleague Nungarrayi said to her, ”The elders are pragmatic old buggers. If they weren’t, we wouldn’t have survived.” * Most often, they are observationally correct even when they are theoretically wrong. We can identify the exact species of animals in cave paintings despite the fact that the artist didn’t have a grip on modern biology. Just as any sufficiently advanced technology looks like magic, so does any technology sufficiently different from our own. * People of almost all cultures have been given to humor, hoaxes, tall tales, and flimflammery. Sometimes, when they tell you (or each other) something, they’re just having a laugh. Sometimes, they’re both having a laugh and expressing something serious.

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  3. Bruce Pascoe on the complex question of Aboriginal agriculture - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler

    Drawing from the accounts of early explorers, Bruce asks whether Australia's first people were really 'hunter-gatherers'.

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  4. Gideon Haigh - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler

    Gideon Haigh persuaded his wife to make their honeymoon a fact-finding trip, as he looked into the history of the office.

    The office is not only a place of work, but also the place where thousands of minor and major dramas are played out every day.

    It's the place where fortunes and reputations are made or crushed.

    For his new book journalist and author Gideon Haigh has traced the office from ancient times through to the open-plan, 24 hour place that's everywhere in the 21st century.

    The Office: A Hardworking History published by Miegunyah Press.

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