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Miniature Illustrations by Mariam Abbas

Mariam Abbas is a visual artist and illustrator from Dubai. Her work is characterised by an incredibly intricate level of detail, especially within her pointillist drawings in which forms emerge from a mass of tiny ink dots. With a sketchbook and set of pencils always close at hand, Abbas turns to her Arabic culture and surroundings for inspiration.

Emirati artist Mariam Abbas obtained a BS degree in Visual Communication from The American University of Sharjah in 2006. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Sikka Art Fair, Dubai; Lessedra, Bulgaria; and New Signature, Dubai for which she received an award. Her illustrations have been featured in various publications and books such as Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and Mawahib – The Talent Directory. Leading publishers of visual culture, Die Gestalten Verlag, featured her work in the renowned book Arabesque.

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Cognitive functions distorted
Dopamine & serotonin aborted
Opened eyes while in a dream state
Looking around I mass create .
Dips and dots and microscopic spots
Dust particles in movements
In clouds Suddenly I drop
Three levels.
Turning translucent
Inducing thought bubbles
Formulating my troubles
I pour out in rain
Only to evaporate back into the sky
What am I?


ORGANISATION: Mind Palace Series Part 1/?

A mind palace is to memory as Google is to the internet. You don’t search the internet through Google, you search for information through Googles massive index of the internet. If there isn’t something in the index then nothing but a runtime error code comes up. Imagine your memory as a bunch of tiny dots. There are millions of these tiny dots, but lets pretend there’s only 10. Now make connections between the dots that are associated to each other. Well anything could be associated to just about anything else if you think about it, and there’s so many ways in which things could be connected, you’d end up a huge writhing mass of lines rather than dots. Now try to find something specific and important in that cluster. Sure the connections may lead you to what you want, but they may also lead you in the opposite direction.

How does Google fix this problem? They send out spiders which find everything to do with your search, then each piece of data is criticised using a set of questions about the information. Half a second later you have a set of search results which best fit what you’re looking for. A mind palace can be the same way through training.

There is a large difference a regular brain and a catalogued brain. If you make and maintain a mind palace, you’ll be affecting the Hippocampus (the part of your brain which deals with both memory and spatial reasoning). Normally, memory would look like a large intuitive cluster of dots with unlimited connections. With a mind palace, however, it would look almost the same, except that large cluster would be a bunch of smaller clusters with a single connection going to the centre of each one. It would be organised and easy to navigate. Basically you’d be looking at a giant, intuitive, interactive table of contents of your memory.

For example, my mind palace, which is based on a system I created originating from computer coding languages ,basic mnemonic devices, and the Method of Loci, has four main clusters which further breaks down:

LIBRARY (Concepts and ideas)

Contacts breaks down into eight subgroups:

  • Acquaintances
  • Family
  • General Friends
  • Close Friends
  • Best Friends
  • Mentors
  • Colleagues
  • Enemies

Locations breaks down into six subgroups:

  • Europe (51)
  • Africa (54)
  • Asia (48)
  • Australia/Oceania (15)
  • North America (23)
  • South America (15)

Inventory is directly related to Locations so any items are organised by their location. Inventory has it’s own subgroups (such as environment, food, or office) but all possible subgroups completely depends on your Locations.

Library breaks down into my adapted version of the Dewey Decimal System. It’s in a palace based on many of my favourite libraries and book stores, which breaks down into thirteen floors, one for each subgroup:

  • A - Attic (Holds most important items and a log of recent actions throughout the entire palace. This is the brain, per se, of it).
  • 9 - History and Geography
  • 8 - Literature
  • 7 - The Arts
  • 6 - Applied Sciences
  • 5 - Natural Sciences
  • 4 - Maths
  • 3 - Languages
  • 2 - Social Sciences
  • 1 - Philosophy and Religion
  • G - Ground (Holds general knowledge and logs of all actions that happen within floors 1 through 9).
  • B - Basement (Holding place out of the natural set of paths for information without a place to go yet).
  • L - Locked (Holds all locked sub-palaces that fall under the Library palace. Locked items are suppressed from both the conscious and subconscious mind. If executed properly, you could virtually lock away entire sections of your memory of events and plan for them to surface at a specific time. I will talk all about locked palaces in its own post about how bad they are for you, how useful they are for passing interrogations, and how they are triggered by specific sequences of differing stimuli).

Mind palaces can be formatted in any way you like. You could make it look and feel like Tumblr if you like (which I will talk about when I make a post on Palace Platforms). There’s really no wrong way to do it as long as you follow the basic fundamentals which make it a mind palace by the technicalities of the definitions and origins.