Don’t Forget Joshua Foer

Joshua Foer tells how he changed from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion–7:30pm, Thursday, March 24.

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.

“If you want to understand how we remember, and how we can all learn to remember better, then read this book.”–Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist

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.

“You have to love a writer who employs chick-sexing to help explain human memory. Foer is a charmer, a crackling mind, a fresh wind. He approaches a complex topic with so much humanity, humor, and originality that you don’t realize how much you’re taking in and understanding. It’s kind of miraculous.”–Mary Roach, author of Stiff, Bonk, and Packing for Mars

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