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In Did You See This?, Mobile Updates on August 15, 2011 at 9:06 am

Enjoying the heck out of  Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, 
Just as was discussed in “Manthropology” there is a decline in our desire and ability to memorize since the advent of the written word. Of course prior to the writing one had to take the narrator’s word for it in re what an actual bona fide recitation occurred. In any case while memorization as a skill set has been denigrated in education are calculating “tricks” we, or at least anyone reading this online, all agree that the amount of facts we now memorize is deminimus compared to what we carried around in past years. A few months ago I reposted an item about Degree accreditation on a construction management board asking if it is really necessary in a world where the library of congress is accessible on a device smaller than a pack of smokes and it generated hundreds of comments. [This outpouring may say as much about the economy as it does about the subject.]
Froer’s characters are for the most part practitioners of an arcane and lost art- memorization. He does meander on occasion to discuss the rare “Rain Man“. Me my memory is awful- 20 years ago I knew 100 telephone numbers rote, today I have my children’s written on a card in my wallet in case I lose my phone.

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