Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Author: Joshua Foer
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by tzs   2018-01-11
> Socrates felt the same way about books actually a lot of big thinkers in that era felt that writing and reading would lead to the degradation of the human memory.

They probably did lead to degradation of human memory--not in the underlying capabilities, of course, but in how well most people are able to use them.

There is some interesting discussion of this in Joshua Foer's book "Moonwalking with Einstein" [1]. Before books were widespread learning ways to use memory quickly and efficiently was important to scholars and others who worked with large amounts of information. Afterwards, it was good enough to just go with your raw, untrained memory, and the old memory techniques were almost forgotten.


by clockwork_189   2017-08-19
Moonwalking with Einstein( Thinking, Fast and Slow ()
by tghw   2017-08-19
I'm not sure it's possible to not use a mnemonic device. Our brains record information by association, which, by definition, is a mnemonic device.

I highly recommend reading Moonwalking with Einstein. It's about a journalist who got interested in memory competitions and, with a lot of practice, ended up winning the US memory championship. Anyone can do it.


by achow   2017-08-19
That is more remembering things and not for 'quick thinking' per se - OP's goal. There is a very interesting book on the concept of 'Memory Palace' (on which '' is based on): Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything