“Quick read, some interesting background on the memory championship but also how some of the history of subjects with unique abilities.”George Liothake wrote this review Sunday, February 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Joshua Foer gives valuable information on memory during a process of gaining a great memory while researching the subject.”Alstondl wrote this review Sunday, February 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“You won't get the title until you read the book...But what a great book. An interesting read in and of itself, but also an extremely informative book. Although I say so little, I highly recommend this book. A book that I would list as best for business as well as pleasure. ”David Clague wrote this review Friday, February 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought this was pretty much a waste of time, sort of like the whole memory exercise he went through. i was at least hoping for memory improvement ideas. All that work and his memory is not even any better.
The writing style was at times a bit too much like the guy who wrote the book about reading the whole encyclopedia.
I gave it a 2 because it got better at the end, and I liked the stuff about the rainman and the Daniel Corney guy (probably a con man). ”
“I thought the take-down of Daniel Tammet as a memorizer and savant-imposter was pretty earth-shattering. I found the construction of the memory palaces so interesting, and the transposition of information into pre-formed spatial memories we have to be a fascinating concept. The defense of memory made me think a lot about how my own mind works, and particularly the thing about how information only stays in our brain if it has something to stick to. Remembering information helps you make connections, which is the only way to innovate and create something new. It defended that everything we know is built on that which we have learned, and a linear view of progress (it used this particularly in talking about decreasing sports record times), and that the more we learn and remember, the more we can create and add to the world of knowledge. Features a cameo by my fave guy Kim Peek. It was a little frightening to realize how little I remember from everything I read, but I sort of left it feeling hopeful that my mind retains skeletons of books, and I possess the mechanics somehow to reactivate them and make them walk and interact.”bensbooks wrote this review Wednesday, May 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting book about memorization (playing cards, lists, numbers, poems, etc.) He doesn't offer many techniques. The book is about the author's research and ultimate participation in memorization competitions. ”Greg Scully wrote this review Friday, February 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awesome read - very interesting. Love how it's written. Can check the author out at Ted Talks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6PoUg7jXsA”Jesse wrote this review Thursday, January 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I do have a different appreciation for memory and a couple of useful memory tools after reading this quirky book, though I still don't understand how to erase images from my memory palace.”Leslie N wrote this review Wednesday, January 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book with a compelling educational story line.”theritzman wrote this review Sunday, January 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Method of Loci; The mental walk; The memory palace; Mnemonic devices; The art of memory; The lost art of memory; Mind Mapping; Reviving the lost art of memory and using combinations of these techniques to remember everything and anything; Using visual imagery and coding to memorize long lists of arbitrary numbers or otherwise difficult to recall items; Memorizing poetry or passages of text; The US Memory Championships; Chess Grandmasters recalling the moves of dozens of simultaneous or blindfolded games of chess. These are some of the themes that I recall / remember from this well written text. I highly recommend this book as one of the better reads of 2011. Socrates felt that the unexamined life was not worth living but what of the forgotten life? How can one examine that which one cannot recall or remember? This text suggests that we can remember much more than we might expect and there are ancient techniques to help us to remember that which we have the will not to forget. ”James L Tobias wrote this review Sunday, January 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No