The Art and Science of Memory

April 5th, 2011

Who are we but the sum total of all that we remember? What if we had total control over what we choose to remember? Imagine if there was a kind of valve to control memory? How much of what we think we have forgotten is still lodged permanently within our memory?  Would more control of our memory allow us to alter our personality or even how we see the world around us? Certainly it would help us remember names at cocktails parties and help us to find our car in the parking garage, but what other impact might it have.  These issues of memory are dealt with in a bestselling new book by Joshua Foer, Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. My conversation with Joshua Foer: