Moonwalking with Einstein : The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer - ISBN 159420229X - Penguin 2011



Suggested by Catherine after several discussions on memory.

Pre-reading model

List the main decisions that should be impacted by reading the book in order to estimate the Seedea:Content/Newconcepts#InformationActionRatio and facilitate rule design as suggested after finishing TheTinkerersAccomplice.

Draw a schema (using PmGraphViz or another solution) of the situation of the area in the studied domain before having read the book.


  • ref to history of reading
  • basic concept of location
  • book organised in a similar fashion
  • oral history studies
    • to share with Gilbert and Joel, author of The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness
  • Raymond Lull encountered before (~p150)
    • for his Ars Magna and mechanical thought ideas
  • Gordon Bell at Microsoft, also encountered before (p156)
  • conclusion of chapter on the sense of "me" and "self" and the different Western and Eastern view (p161)
  • classical neuro/psycho cases
  • memorizing numbers via e.g. Major System or Person-Action-Object system (PAO)
  • the OK plateau (p170) seems like a classical sigmoid
  • Andi Bell "You have to analyze what you're doing wrong." as a pledge for meta-cognition
  • tracking data (p176)

See also

Overall remarks and questions

  • overall see my related efforts
  • compare with my own habits and tools
  • problem of cost and more importantly hidden bias, adding connotation to other memories
  • mostly techniques to visualize objects, thus mostly efficient on very concrete objects
    • basically tagging a fake logic or at least story to object at a mesoscale


So in the end, it was about X and was based on Y.


Point A, B and C are debatable because of e, f and j.


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Post-reading model

Draw a schema (using PmGraphViz or another solution) of the situation of the area in the studied domain after having read the book. Link it to the pre-reading model and align the two to help easy comparison.


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