Moonwalking with Einstein : The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

How to remember EVERYTHING ?


An interesting book on how an average Joe become the champion of the American memory competition. The book not only talk about the journey but how memory affect day to day life and how he go about the practice for the competition, there are some interesting points he mentioned the memory.

Without time, there would be no need for memory , but without memory there will be no time, as we have no past, no future and only present. Monotony collapse time, novelty unfolds it. Creating new memories stretch out psychological time and lengthen our perception of our lives.  Because of that, life speeds up as we get older because life get less memorable as we get older.

We can start remember by unconscious remembering also known as priming. There are non-declarative memory which things you know unconsciously.

Each time we think about a memory, we integrate it more deeply in our web of other memories, therefore make it stable and less likely to be dislodged.  How many of our day to day action are performed by implicit values/judgement and independent of declarative memory. Therefore we learn thru the force of habit.

General idea of memory technique is to change whatever boring in being inputted your memory into something colorful, exciting and so different from anything you seen so you cant forget it. The brain best remember things that are repeated, rhythms, rhythmic, structured and easily visualized.

We have 3 stages of learning every time when we get through in acquiring a new skill

  1. Cognitive stage : Intellectualize the task and discovering new strategies to accomplish it proficiency
  2. Associative stage : Concerning less, make few major error and become efficient
  3. Autonomous stage : you are so good that you run as auto-pilot.

As a task become automated, the part of brain involved conscious reasoning become less active and others take over, Its cool to “perform” it but its also a trap for the “OK plateau”.

In order to break through we need deliberate practice, which include

  1. focus on technique
  2. Goal orientated
  3. Immediate / constant feedback

Deliberate practice by nature, its hard as its against our comfort zone and we have to “suck” again.

Another great way to practice is to put yourself in mind of someone far more component at the task you trying to mistake and figure out how the person walk through the problem. Then compare your through process and his/hers to get the 1% improvement.

Don’t forget to read the book yourself >> shop-now-button-copy






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