This is a memoir written by Josh Foer about how he won the memory championship in the states and placed 15 in the world. Throughout the book, he discusses techniques he used and regales the reader with stories of his friends that he made in the process of improving his memory. He also reflects on his progress and how useful he thought it was.
Throughout the book, he refers to a plethora of books, and when you’re an audiobook listener it is a little difficult to keep track of them. I feel like they should publish a bibliography online so I wouldn’t have to find a pirated book online to get the end of it.
This book really gives the reader a sense of the niche world of the memory championships and their community. It gives the reader an introduction to the sport as well. Personally, I had never heard of the memory championships before and it was interesting to see what it entailed.
I also enjoyed the stories about Foer’s friends in this book. Ed and Ben just seem like interesting people to hang out with, though a bit eccentric. You do get to learn about their techniques and different memory techniques. These can easily be incorporated into daily life if you want to better your memory for remembering some things. However, as Foer mentions at the end, is just easier to write down a phone number than to memorize it.
I really enjoyed this book and I learnt a lot from reading it.
This book is different than the books that I normally read. It provides the science behind learning, and why mastering skills seem like an impossible task. They go through what has been proven to work as well as wrestling with the society’s misconceptions with what learning is supposed to look like. They give many anecdotes of people who have learnt to use the techniques in this book and have become successful learners.
This book is not prescriptive, so if you are looking for a step by step study guide this is not the book for you. The last chapter attempts to give the base of what the concepts would look like by giving examples of the people who have implemented this into their teaching and studying routines. This will obviously never work for every learner and you have to find your own way of incorporating the information from the book into your own lifestyle.
The book is aimed towards the layman making it very easy to understand and interesting. I am the type of person who wants to know more about the science behind the claims that they make. They do refer to studies and other books to link their findings to other people’s findings. This was nice by I wanted more information about the data of the studies mentioned in the book. If you listen to the audiobook, you can find all of this information on the book’s website. They give suggested reading that looks interesting if you want to follow up with more information.
This is not the self-help books that more people think of as a self-help book. However, if you are looking for more information on how to get the most out of learning this book is for you.
To start off with, thank you for your patience while I get back into the groove again. But I have some quick questions for you.
I have been reading more sciencey / self-help-ish books lately. After going to Japan and it kicking my ass, I’ve been trying to get back into better shape again. Which means I’ve been listening to audiobooks. Recently I have been listening to Make it stick which is a study guide and I have The Obesity Code which looks to be the science of intermitted fasting.
My blog has always leaned more towards mysteries, urban fantasy and such, but would you guys be interested in reviews of these other books that I have been reading in my spare time? I really want to know.
Now, 99% of my content won’t change as this blog has now really just became a book review blog. I just want to know your opinions on expanding on the books that I review. I notice the difference in the activity on different blog posts that I put up.
If you have an opinion or want to even suggest a book or two but leave a comment, I read all of them!