I like that idea because it can at least be tied to a physical system, something a lot of memory theories don’t as they get lost in the world of mathematics and psychology and philosophy and such (not that there’s anything wrong with abstractions.. but the way I look at it, those abstractions are happening someplace – in a brain at the very least )
When studying the brain a bit heavily last year, I was looking for analogies in physical systems, trying to find matches that were close enough to explain at least some things.
The way rubber changes through vulcanization really struck me as helpful, as did the way that heat can release dyes (colors) and set dyes.
There’s a theory about how Anesthesia works that involves the nature of the brain matter itself (being fatty) – and the way that fats can congeal or liquify were also inspirational. I never had any solid conclusions from my attempts at finding analogies for human memory but I did get some vague possibilities that I never fleshed out into any kind of full theories.