Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of
The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Moonwalking with Einstein The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer s part memoir, part guide on mastering your memory Read by Mike Chamberlain On average, people squander forty days annually trying to remember things they ve forgotten Joshua Foer used to be one of those people But after a year of training, he found himself in the finals of the US Memory Championship He also discovered a truth we too often forget In every way, we are the sum of our memories In Moonwalking with Einstein Foer draws on cutting edge research, the cultural history of memory and the techniques of mental atheletes to transform our understanding of human remembering He learns the ancient methods used by Cicero and Medieval scholars He meets amnesiacs, neuroscientists and savants including a man who claims to have memorized than nine thousand books In doing so, he reveals the hidden impact of memory on our lives, and shows how we can all dramatically improve our memories At a time when electronic devices have all but rendered our individual memories obsolete, Foer s book is a quest to resurrect the gift we all possess, but that too often slips our minds An easy to read book by a 20 something American Reads like a long magazine article.Could easily be about 30% shorter Lots of additional some might say filler about the history of memory techniques Romans and Ancient Greeks used Also stories about chicken sexers.I m glad I got it for 99p. Firstly, Joshua has written a very entertaining story on an unusual subject and the book is well worth a read on that basis alone Also whilst it s true that it s not a book on memory techniques and it s not intended to be, you do pick up a lot of information on these techniques which is a good primer to read some other technique oriented books on them if you so wish However Joshua also gives insight into the history of memory techniques and how they re used in memory championships which is really interesting. I really enjoyed this book, devouring it in just a few sittings.Ostensibly, it tells the story of how the author, covering the US memory championships, takes up the challenge to enter them himself and compete the following year.But along the way the book is an overview of what we know, or think we know, about the way the brain works and how we remember or fail to remember stuff Several common methods of memorisation are outlined but note this isn t a how to book as is the concept and use of memorisation itself In a world where we don t have to remember anything phone numbers, historical facts, the background to current events because it s all there on devices we carry around, do we need to remember things at all The book will appeal if you like a good yarn, or your interested in psychology or education It is entertaining, informative and at times pretty funny, and the end is quite emotional.One of the people the author spends a lot of time with is Ed Cooke, who has since written the book Remember, Remember which I bought and started straight after this Within half an hour I could remember the names of all the Anglo Saxon kings of England Is that useful No But it s impressive although I m having trouble convincing friends and colleagues More importantly, the method itself is very useful and I ve employed it for other things since.
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- Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Joshua Foer, Mike Chamberlain, Penguin Books Ltd: Audible Audiobooks
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