System Overload: The Limits of Human Memory
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Presented by Science & the City
In his best-selling book Moonwalking with Einstein, Joshua Foer brings the reader inside the world of competitive memorization, where what appears to be amazing feats of mental prowess are actually ancient techniques to exploit the quirks of our brains.
Foer weaves the history of memory study—from the Greeks through modern science's understanding of how we learn—with his own experiences as a participant in the US Memory Championships. Through this grueling training process, he discovered that memory is not about having a smarter or better brain: it's about using the one you have more efficiently.
Join Foer at the New York Academy of Sciences on Tuesday, September 6, at 6:30 pm for a night to remember as he delves into the deeper recesses of our memory.
A book signing and reception will follow.
This event is part of the Being Human in the 21st Century Series
One of the signature traits of being human is our quest to define what it means to "be human." But that definition is always changing—now perhaps more than ever. From virtual reality to mundane reality, science and technology continue to push the boundaries of human existence. In this series, Science & the City will examine what it means to be human in the 21st century.
Other upcoming events in this series:
• Celluloid Science: Humanizing Life in the Lab, October 20, 2011
• Virtual Humanity: The Anthropology of Online Worlds, November 9, 2011
• Familiar but Strange: Exploring our Relationship with Robots, December 5, 2011
• Matchmaking in the Digital Age, February 15, 2012
Learn more about the series here.
Joshua Foer was born in Washington, DC, in 1982. He now lives in New Haven, CT, with his wife Dinah. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Esquire, Slate, Outside, The New York Times, and other publications. Foer is the cofounder of the Atlas Obscura, an online guide to the world’s wonders and curiosities. He is also the cofounder of the design competition, Sukkah City. Moonwalking with Einstein is his first book.
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