Lynne Kelly is an Australian writer, researcher, and science educator. Her academic work focuses mainly on the study of primary orality, as well as the mnemonic devices used by ancient and modern oral cultures from around the world.
If you’ve ever wanted to remember things better, then do we have the Memory Craft show for you. Today I’ll be talking with Lynne Kelly, the queen of memory, a senior memory champion, science writer, anthropologist, and the author of a brilliant book on the most amazing memory techniques, “Memory Craft.” And that’s just what I want to talk with her about today, about how to improve your memory with the most powerful methods in history, from medieval bestiaries to Tibetan mandalas.  Key Points Discussed:  Does modern man have the best memory of all time, and how was your memory growing up? (03:26) How old were you when you went back to school, and when did you realize that learning about memory is cool? (05:10) How the mind can get stronger at any age as long as we are working it (07:40) Two powerful mind strengthening methods from medieval Europe that we can learn (08:20) Using obscene images to remember things: The Thomas Bradwardine technique (11:29) How do we use the alphabet to help create a speech if we don’t want to have that list in front of us? (14:54) The way bestiaries help people in memorizing names (16:40) Creating memory palaces and how Lynne’s mum influenced her to visit Stonehenge (20:15) What to know about the key things we can use to create our own memory palaces (25:27) What can you tell us about the stories of indigenous culture and how incredible is the amount of knowledge that has been carried forward for thousands of years? (31:10) How every child needs a lot of land that they can call their own and connect with (40:53) The importance of drawing things out (creating a mind map) instead of listing them (49:17) Are exceptional memorizers made or born? (53:29) Improving our memory through making beaded bracelets and necklaces, and the legality of taking such ornaments into school (1:00:03) Do kids have a better ability to learn languages than we do as adults? (1:04:03) Additional Resources: Memory Craft By Lynne Kelly Lynne’s Website ……. For free meditations, weekly tips, stories, and similar shows visit: To support the show and get even more great tools, tips, and behind-the-scenes access, visit: And to follow Inspire Nation (and the lives of Michael and Jessica) on Instagram, go to And to follow Inspire Nation on Tik Tok simply go to InspireNationShow on Tik Tok
Memory takes different forms. Memories can be encoded in the strength of neural connections in our brains, but there’s a sense in which photographs and written records are memories as well. What did people do before such forms of memory even existed? Lynne Kelly is a science writer and researcher who specializes in forms of memory in the ancient world, as well as a competitive memory expert in her own right. She has theorized that ancient structures such as Stonehenge might have served as memory palaces, encoding social knowledge over extended periods of time. We talk about how to improve your own memory, the origin of religion, and how prehistoric cultures preserved their know-how.Support Mindscape on Patreon.Lynne Kelly received her Ph.D. in English from La Trobe University. Originally trained as a computer scientist, she has worked as an educator before transitioning into science writing and memory research. She is an Honorary Research Associate at La Trobe University. She is the author of a number of books, including The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal. Her work on memory methods and ancient societies was published as an academic book, Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies: Orality, Memory, and the Transmission of Culture, as well as in trade form as The Memory Code: The Traditional Aboriginal Memory Technique That Unlocks the Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Ancient Monuments the World Over. Her most recent book is Memory Craft: Improve Your Memory Using the Most Powerful Methods From Around the World.Web siteTEDx talk on Modern Memory, Ancient author pageTwitter
This week, we spoke with Lynne Kelly, author of 'The Memory Code: The Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Other Ancient Monuments', a fascinating exploration of the intersection between history, archaeological sleuthing and memory techniques. We delved into the contents of her book as well as the practical applications she found for these ancient skills. Full show notes are available at
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