Author: Terri Schlichenmeyer

“Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Foer

“Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Foer c.2011, The Penguin Press $26.95 / $33.50 Canada 320 pages By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Maybe your mother was right. When she said you’d forget your head if it wasn’t attached, she might’ve been onto something. You completely missed an important meeting yesterday. You’ve left vital documents at home on the counter (lotta good they’ll do there), you filed something yesterday but can’t find it now, and every morning is a mad scramble for hide-and-go-keys. And you forgot your lunch twice this week. Embarrassing? Can’t remember a thing these days? Maybe you need to step up your game. In the new book “Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Foer, you’ll see how it’s done, times ten. Imagine life minus your smart phone, calendar, chime-reminders, online nudges, and sticky notes. What did we ever do without them? Author Joshua Foer says that, before the invention of inexpensive printing, memory wasn’t just everything – it was the only thing. People with prodigious memories were the Rock Stars of their time. So why can’t you – with all your gadgets and reminders – remember where you put that document? Why can’t you remember to grab your lunch on the way out the door? As it turns out, there’s a good excuse for your lapse. Psychologists say there’s a “curve of forgetting” that starts the second you learn something, and...

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