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Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
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Mar 18, 2012

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Some interesting facts about the history of memorization and its cultural importance in the face of writing, printing, etc.
Overall however, the book is the story of the author's fascination with and ultimate absorption into the small club of competitive memorization fanatics.
I haven't tried the techniques mentioned in the book, but I don't really see their point. I don't need to memorize phone numbers, let alone Pi to a 1,000 digits. The author claims that this is good for more than parlor tricks but focuses almost entirely on parlor tricks, to the point that he becomes a performing "monkey" in his words.
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