On My Bookshelf

Moonwalking with Einstein: the Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foerimages

From Amazon.com: Moonwalking with Einstein follows Joshua Foer’s compelling journey as a participant in the U.S. Memory Championship. As a science journalist covering the competition, Foer became captivated by the secrets of the competitors, like how the current world memory champion, Ben Pridmore, could memorize the exact order of 1,528 digits in an hour. He met with individuals whose memories are truly unique—from one man whose memory only extends back to his most recent thought, to another who can memorize complex mathematical formulas without knowing any math. Brains remember visual imagery but have a harder time with other information, like lists, and so with the help of experts, Foer learned how to transform the kinds of memories he forgot into the kind his brain remembered naturally. The techniques he mastered made it easier to remember information, and Foer’s story demonstrates that the tricks of the masters are accessible to anyone.

I don’t really intend to start using any of the techniques I learned about in this book – I just don’t have the commitment level to even try! I picked this book out of my libraries digital holdings when the other usual topics I like to hit up felt a little picked over.

It was an interesting read and I enjoyed it. My favorite part was the chapter about the “Okay Plateau.” The point where your brain sort of says, “Eh. Good enough.” and stops trying to improve a skill.


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