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The Science of Remembering: Building Memory Palaces With Joshua Foer

$95 per device
3 sessions
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$95 per device
$95 per person
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What We’ll Do

In this three-part lecture series, explore the art and science of memory and learn memorization techniques you can employ in everyday life.

Course Description

Join USA Memory Champion, bestselling author of Moonwalking with Einstein, and Atlas Obscura co-founder Joshua Foer, for an in-depth exploration of the ancient art of remembering. Over the course of three unforgettable sessions, you’ll trace the history of memory-building techniques stretching back to antiquity and learn about competitive memorization as it exists today. Along the way, Joshua will walk you through several tricks you can employ in everyday life—from methods for memorizing names and numbers to championship-level techniques for committing large amounts of information to memory.

Syllabus at a Glance

There are three total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for one hour on three consecutive Wednesdays beginning December 2. This lecture series is designed so students can participate live or watch at their leisure. Sessions will take place live over Zoom, with dedicated Q&A segments for students to ask questions via video or chat. All enrolled students will receive recordings of each session in the days following each class and will be able to access them for up to one week using a temporary password.

Session 1 (Wednesday, December 2, 8:30–9:30 PM ET): Entering the memory palace

Session 2 (Wednesday, December 9, 8:30–9:30 PM ET): The art of memory

Session 3 (Wednesday, December 16, 8:30–9:30 PM ET): Becoming a memory champion

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Where We’ll Be

Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this course through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account.

About Your Instructor
Joshua Foer
Joshua Foer

In addition to being the co-founder of Atlas Obscura, Joshua Foer is also a former United States Memory Champion, and the author of the #1 best-selling book Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.

What Else You Should Know

Students will be encouraged to spend around an hour outside of class each week practicing memory techniques.

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