I just got back from a long trip, on which I took the opportunity to power through some digital tomes.
I found this book on a non-fiction table in a bookstore and bought it after I read the first page. It opens with a description of the Greek almost-myth of how the science of memory began, and is the story of a journalist’s experience studying how and why the human brain remembers as he trains for the U.S. Memory Championship. (The author, Josh Foer, summarized the thrust of the book in a TEDTalk last year.)
My favorite parts:
- The idea that we can create a sense of a longer life by remembering more moments of our lives
- The insight that people who are experts at something become experts through deliberate practice which focuses on their technique, keeps them goal oriented, and gives them constant and immediate feedback on their performance
“Deliberate practice, by its nature, must be hard. When you want to get good at something, how you spend your time practicing is far more important than the amount of time you spend.”
“We’re all just a bundle of habits shaped by our memories. And to the extent that we control our lives, we do so by gradually altering those habits, which is to say the networks of our memory.”
‘There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you.’ – Bruce Lee
What I did with my copy: Is it possible to gift an e-book? Suggestions very welcome – I’d love to share my digital copy, but am not sure how.