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Moonwalking with Einstein, By Joshua Foe
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize, 2014.
Friday 20 January 2012
When Joshua Foer first mentions the ancient "art of memory", it sounds pretentious in an age when our brains are fit to bursting with information overload. Surely the Internet can do our remembering for us? It doesn't take Foer long to convince us otherwise.
A science journalist who became so interested by memory that he ended up in the USA Memory Championship, Foer combines conversations with memory nerds with fascinating philosophical and neurological theories.
By losing our memories, we lose more than mere information, and when years appear slip by, it is because we have remembered less. To expand subjective time, we need to revisit the "art of memory" and sharpen up our grey matter.
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