One useful metaphor for thinking about how to improve the mnemonic medium is to think of each mnemonic essay as a conventional essay accompanied by a kind of “reflected essay” – the knowledge encoded by all the cards. A user can, with ease, choose to remember as much of that reflected essay as they wish. Of course, the reflection is imperfect. But by developing good card-making strategies we can make the reflected essay a nearly faithful reflection of all the important ideas, the ideas a reader would ideally like to retain.
Good point from Giacomo Randazzo (2020-09-10): https://twitter.com/randiisan/status/1304124608292040705
I like the “reflected essay” metaphor, but I think it’s not complete. Yes, as a reader, I want to be guided by the author’s reflections, I want the questions to cover all the ideas in the essay. But I also want to connect the ideas to my life, to my own personal experience.
c.f. analytical vs. syntopic reading
Matuschak, A., & Nielsen, M. (2019, October 0). How can we develop transformative tools for thought? https://numinous.productions/ttft