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The Memory Palaces

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

In 2006, science journalist Joshua Foer was crowned the United States Memory Champion in the "speed cards" event by memorizing a deck of 52 cards in 1 minute and 40 seconds. In his book, Moonwalking with Einstein, he recounts his journey to the top and in the process reveals the topsy-turvy world of professional memorizers.

Guests:

Joshua Foer

Comments [13]

Allen Peacock

I felt awful listening to Mr. Lopate try to tease out a complete sentence from of the memory master this afternoon. Was Mr. Foer suffering from stage fright, in over his head, both?

That said, your show is one of the great forces for good in this city and on the air: sane, civilized, wide-ranging, hugely intelligent. Thank you.

Mar. 09 2011 01:27 PM
Ramaswamy from New Jersey

I have found that long forgotten but distinctive aromas sometimes bring back old memories. I have observed this time and again. Has the guest observed this also? If so, can it be used sometimes to improve memory ?

Ramaswamy

Mar. 09 2011 12:49 PM
Jesse from Westchester

Do the MEM drugs or any pharmaceuticals help memory?

Mar. 09 2011 12:49 PM
Ruth from NYC

90+ uncle can no longer remember names of his grandchildren (he only has 2), or of his nieces (again, only 2). Otherwise, pretty good. Any suggestions? (other than listening to this program, most of which I missed...)
Thanks

Mar. 09 2011 12:46 PM
ericf

how about hearing things over and over again?

at one time i noticed that in theater rehersals all the cast members seemed to learn everybody else's lines before they learned their own, presumably because they heard them over and over again.

Mar. 09 2011 12:44 PM
Fishmael from NYC

@Soupygirl, +1 !

Mar. 09 2011 12:43 PM
Fishmael from NYC

"A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it." - Sherlock Holmes (Adrian Conan Doyle)

Mar. 09 2011 12:43 PM
Fishmael from NYC

"A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it." - Sherlock Holmes (Adrian Conan Doyle)

Mar. 09 2011 12:42 PM
Nick from brooklyn

I'm a medical student and have trouble memorizing all the facts I have to for each test. How can I remember EVERYTHING I read.

Mar. 09 2011 12:41 PM
Shelly from Bklyn

Does this technique work with the elderly and people with dementia?

Mar. 09 2011 12:40 PM
Isabel from Astoria, Queens

How can his techniques be used to remember foreign characters—like kanji?

Mar. 09 2011 12:23 PM
Dave Gallin from New york

I was always curious if hypnosis helps with memory.

Mar. 09 2011 12:18 PM

Jeez, I spend my time trying to forget!

Mar. 09 2011 12:09 PM

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