Giordano and Memory

Giordano Bruno was an Italian Dominican friar who was eventually burned at the stake for heresy. Before this tragic event, though, Giordano played a big role in the development of the art of memory, which had been around since ancient Roman times. He developed his own art of memory, which, it is thought, was based on the zodiac and some very complex mnemonic techniques. The art of memory has always been based on visual mnemonic techniques, and Giordano seems to have taken these techniques further and created an almost mystical way of coding and retrieving memories.

The Giordano art of memory was very complex and was based on a memory wheel that helped one encode memories in an organized fashion as they were being formed. These days, the memory wheel is hardly ever used, and Giordano is best known for the Giordano Memorization System, which actually was not developed by him at all!

The GMS system was actually created in 1990 by Vladimir Kozarenko, and luckily for memorizers everywhere, it’s not really based on the complex memory wheel at all. The system is, instead, simply named for Giordano, who did make major contributions to the field of mnemonics and the art of memory. The system is, instead, based on a variety of more modern mnemonic techniques, as well as a huge focus on attention, concentration, and comprehension.

The system that bears Giordano’s name is actually based on a few of his memory techniques but also on memorization techniques gleaned from all over the world and put into a systematic presentation that helps learners gradually learn new memory tricks and skills that they can use for life.

One interesting thing about this memory system is that users and teachers assert over and over again that it is a skillset. It doesn’t matter where your memory is to begin with. You can learn and learn to apply these skills over and over again in your everyday life.

It’s just like learning to read. Learning to read is about picking up a skillset – from knowledge of letters and the sounds they make to understanding how to string letters together into words to understanding the meanings behind the actual words. The skillset can be learned by nearly anyone who has the time and patience to learn it. The same thing is true of the Giordano Memorization System.

Anyone with the time, patience, and proper instruction can learn to have an amazing memory just by learning the techniques presented in this system, which are many and varied and which are also used all over the world. The way these techniques are combined and taught makes this system unique, so that learners who use this system are more likely to develop amazing memories that can even store away entire books or lectures to be pulled back out and examined in the memory at a later date.

Even though the GMS system isn’t necessarily based entirely on the ideas of Giordano Bruno, it’s a very effective system that pays tribute to this huge contributor to the art and science of memory. Without people like Bruno and Kozarenko to develop the art of memory and to understand how memorization techniques can apply to everyday life, we might never have developed even the basic mnemonic techniques – like picture association and rhyming techniques – that we teach to children to help them memorize important concepts from their schoolwork!

The work of these men and others like them has made it possible to learn to develop a phenomenal memory no matter what your age or current memory level.