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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything - Joshua Foer
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
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Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer... show more
Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget: In every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories. Moonwalking with Einstein draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of memory, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human remembering. Under the tutelage of top "mental athletes," he learns ancient techniques once employed by Cicero to memorize his speeches and by Medieval scholars to memorize entire books. Using methods that have been largely forgotten, Foer discovers that we can all dramatically improve our memories. Immersing himself obsessively in a quirky subculture of competitive memorizers, Foer learns to apply techniques that call on imagination as much as determination-showing that memorization can be anything but rote. From the PAO system, which converts numbers into lurid images, to the memory palace, in which memories are stored in the rooms of imaginary structures, Foer's experience shows that the World Memory Championships are less a test of memory than of perseverance and creativity. Foer takes his inquiry well beyond the arena of mental athletes-across the country and deep into his own mind. In San Diego, he meets an affable old man with one of the most severe case of amnesia on record, where he learns that memory is at once more elusive and more reliable than we might think. In Salt Lake City, he swaps secrets with a savant who claims to have memorized more than nine thousand books. At a high school in the South Bronx, he finds a history teacher using twenty- five-hundred-year-old memory techniques to give his students an edge in the state Regents exam. At a time when electronic devices have all but rendered our individual memories obsolete, Foer's bid to resurrect the forgotten art of remembering becomes an urgent quest. Moonwalking with Einstein brings Joshua Foer to the apex of the U.S. Memory Championship and readers to a profound appreciation of a gift we all possess but that too often slips our minds.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594202292 (159420229X)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Brahabria's Books
Brahabria's Books rated it
4.0 Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Good Read, but I was expecting a little more tricks(at least basic ones). But It was filled with stories of people with medical brain problems and Daniel's chapter where Joshua was trying to discredit from his 'Savant' title. Maybe I was expecting more and get disappointed but overall is REALLY a GO...
Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it
3.0 L'arte di ricordare tutto
Come siete messi a memoria? Vi siete scordati dove avete posato le chiavi dell’auto? E il numero di telefono di quel parente lontano? E dite la verità: siete usciti per fare la spesa e avete dimenticato proprio di comprare il caffè! Tranquilli. Dopo aver letto il libro… continuerete a dimenticare le...
wjmcomposer
wjmcomposer rated it
4.0 Moonwalking with Einstein - Review
In this fascinating little book (why a 320 page book seems 'little' is another story) Mr. Foer – brother to the recently famous author of a book apparently involving both immediate proximity and copious volume of noise – examines the story behind the 'athletes' of competitive memory championships. I...
Crystal Starr Light, Raging Snarky Stormtrooper Pony
Crystal Starr Light, Raging Snarky Stormtrooper Pony rated it
4.0
Bullet Review:Stupid Goodreads ate my bullet review!!! GAR!!Very insightful and useful - more useful than that dumb "Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes". I love learning more about how the mind works and even picking up on some helpful tips (though don't be confused: although it's placed ...
halfmanhalfbook
halfmanhalfbook rated it
5.0 Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Fascinating book about the methods used to train for memory championships. The guy covered it for a publication one year and won it the next!
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