By Joshua Foer
Joshua Foer, a man with an average memory, became fascinated with the mind’s capacity to store and retrieve, and to do so consistently at warp speed.
Not merely satisfied with investigating the nature of memory, Foer takes on the best in the world and wins the U.S. Memory Championship.
This is an accurate accounting of what reads like quirky, experiential fiction. Join Joshua Foer on this wacky path amidst a bizarre subculture of single-minded memorization maniacs.
Inside: “Consider how much mental processing must take place just to position one’s hand to catch a fly ball – the instantaneous calculations of distance, trajectory, and velocity. Our brains are obviously capable of astoundingly fast and complex calculations that happen subconsciously. We can’t explain them because most of the time we hardly realize they’re happening.”
Let’s say you wish to memorize every African Nation, its capital, and its current leadership. No big problem. Enjoy the book. Norman Kay, CEO IBC Shell.