The “Information Message” Concept
An information message is a group of primary information elements that have internal interrelation.
The sense of memorizing any sort of information is to expose such connections in information messages and, subsequently, memorize them.
An information message consists of multiple information message elements. It cannot contain a single element because it would make no sense. A connection can only be created if at least two elements exist.
Here are examples of information messages:
- The Angel waterfall is located in South America; its height is 1054 meters.
- Quicksilver critical temperature is 1460 degrees.
- “Ocean” cinema phone number is 337-26-00.
- John Michael Jackson.
- 40 Palm Street, apartment #2.
- License plate number of the car belonging to Anthony Lee Smith is l232PR.
- Battle of Crecy took place on August 26, 1346.
- Aluminum ordinal number in the table of elements is 13; its atomic mass equals 27.
Any precise (sign) information belongs to the “Information message” concept. If a person cannot memorize sign information, memorization will be superficial. What good is a memory that is unable to reproduce information precisely?
All memorized data contains a number of information messages. If it is a table of the world’s waterfalls, to memorize that table will require memorizing several information messages. If it is a list of 50 phone numbers, one will need to memorize 50 information messages to fix it in his or her brain.
Any educational text (geography, history, anatomy, pharmacology, programming, etc.) contains a large number of separate information messages.
In letters, there are practically no precise data. In science fiction, a small number of precise data is usually present. Scientific and educational literature contains the largest amount of precise information, i.e. separate information messages.
GMS® allows one to memorize not only precise data organized by theme (chronological tables, lists of phone numbers), but also texts of any level of complexity. The more difficult the textual material is from the normal memory point of view, the more precisely it is memorized, since text memorization is realized according to the same principle: from the whole to the parts. Parts are separate information messages. The more such messages there are, the more thoroughly the text is memorized.
The sense and the goal of memorization are easy to illustrate with the “Information message” concept. Let us look at the following information as an example: the Angel waterfall is located in South America; its height is 1054 meters.
What does “to memorize” this message mean? You already know that the brain does not memorize names and numbers (nothing but connections). The sense of memorization is to connect SIGNIFICANT PARTS (elements) of an information message. In the example we have, it would be: Angel, South America, 1054. We must know that “Angel” is related to the South America, not any other continent, and to the number 1054, not any other number. If a connection is fixed incorrectly, this will amount to false information.
When elements of information messages are transformed into visual images and connected together, anamnesis is possible in two ways: either by using the auxiliary support images that fix all memorized information messages, or when a question-stimulus enters the brain. Thus, if you are asked, “Which waterfall is 1054 meters high?,” the perceived number will turn on the corresponding image in your brain; the connections created beforehand will react; and other images, the ones encoding “Angel” and “South America”, will appear in your imagination.
If there is no question, you can intentionally activate the created connections using a system of support (stimulating) images.
In the above-mentioned information message examples, we will highlight SIGNIFICANT PARTS of the messages, that is, ELEMENTS subject to connection (memorization), in bold.
The Angel waterfall is situated in South America; its height is 1054 meters.
Quicksilver critical temperature is 1460 degrees.
“Ocean” cinema phone number is 337-26-00.
John Michael Jackson.
40 Palm Street, apartment 2.
License plate number of the car belonging to Anthony Lee Smith is l232PR.
Battle of Crecy took place on August 26, 1346.
Aluminum ordinal number in the table of elements is 13, its atomic mass equals 27.
The main memorization method in GMS® is the creation of an artificial association. Associations can contain from 2 to 6 images. One information message is fixed in one association.