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

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    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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  2. Episode 005 – Interview with Chris Aldrich - Thinking About Tools For Thought

    Links from today’s episode: Chris Aldrich web site Gardens & Streams II (Indieweb pop-up event) on September 25, 2021 Obsidian ( Hypothesis ( Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies: Orality, Memory, and the Transmission of Culture by Lynne Kelly (Cambridge, 2015) Memory Craft by Lynne Kelly (Pegasus, 2019) Anthropology: Why it Matters by Tim Ingold (Polity Press, 2018) How… Continue reading Episode 005 – Interview with Chris Aldrich

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

    Lynne believes she’s found a ‘code’ describing the way non-literate peoples shared sophisticated knowledge.

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  4. American Nations, American Union: Interview with Colin Woodard

    Few books have influenced my view of American history and politics more than Colin Woodard’s American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. We’ve been divided since the beginning, Woodard argues, and this has influenced every aspect of American history, not to mention its future. He has a new book coming out in May, Union, which expands this thesis further.

    Get American Nations here.

    And get Colin’s new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood, here.

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  5. Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss

    In 2002 Lynne Truss, the British writer and journalist, presented Cutting a Dash, a BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation. The success of the series led to the publication of Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, a petit, witty rant on the misuse of punctuation. With more than one million copies in print, the book led bestseller lists on both sides of the pond. In her new book, Talk to the Hand, Truss takes on the equally neglected field of modern etiquette.

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  6. TTT 020 : Becoming a World Memory Champion with Jonas von Essen | Map Your Learning

    Jonas von Essen from Sweden first became the World Memory Champion in 2013 and retained his title the following year. In his 2013 victory, he scored the most points ever recorded in the World Memory Championships. One of the stages of the championship required Jonas to recall the order of more than 24 decks of cards in one hour and memorize 3,841 binary digits in 30 minutes. Jonas first became interested in memory techniques after stumbling across a book entitled “Anyone can get an amazing memory,”  The book helped him master a number of techniques, such as the “Memory Palace” developed more than 2,500 years ago. As well as participating in memory contests and television shows all around the world Jonas is also studying to become a Secondary School History and Maths Teacher. In many interviews, Jonas has claimed that he is no genius and that the techniques he learnt can be learnt by anyone.

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  7. Thrillers For A Winter’s Night : NPR

    It’s a good time to be holed up with the supercharged pages of some new thrillers. Here are four: Noir by Olivier Pauvert, Eclipse by Richard North Patterson, Daemon by Daniel Suarez, and Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child.

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