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don’t forget this book

Joshua Foer’s true story is worth knowing and remembering. It’s recorded in his thought-provoking book Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. This NY Times best-seller chronicles Foer’s journey from your average run of the mill investigative journalist to U.S. World Memory Champion.

For me the most fascinating and telling chapter is entitled The End of Remembering, in which Foer details the path from a human population of memorizers to the world of ‘external memories’ we live in today.

Trust me, this is a good read. Just make sure you write down the title – there is a good chance you’ll forget it.

Excerpts:

“Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthily and live a long life, while experiencing a short one. If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorably into the next – and disappear. That’s why it’s so important to change routines regularly, and take vacations to exotic locales, and have as many new experiences as possible that can serve to anchor our memories. Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens our perception of our lives.”

“William James wrote (in Principles of Psychology in 1890): ‘In youth we may have an absolutely new experience, subjective or objective, every hour of the day. Apprehension is vivid, retentiveness strong, and our recollections of that time, like those of a time spent in rapid and interesting travel, are of something intricate, multitudinous and long-drawn-out. But as each passing year converts some of this experience into automatic routine which we hardly note at all, the days and the weeks smooth themselves out in recollection to contentless units…’ Life seems to speed up as we get older because life gets less memorable as we get older.”

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