Gweek 086: Utopian for Beginners

This was a fun episode! I spoke with John Glassie, author of A Man of Misconceptions, a non-fiction book about the unusual 17th-century polymath, Athanasius Kircher, and Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein, which recounts Joshua’s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes.”

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In this episode:

A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change, by John Glassie


Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, by Joshua Foer


Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology, by Lawrence Weschler


"Utopian for Beginners: An amateur linguist loses control of the language he invented," a New Yorker article by Joshua Foer


"Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm," a Wired article by Gary Wolf


Atlas Obscura is the definitive guide to the world's wondrous and curious places.


Language learning apps and websites: Memrise, iAnki, Dr. Moku's Hiragana Mnemonics, Dr. Moku's Katakana Mnemonics

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  1. That New Yorker article is demented enough for at least Two Bruce Sterling plots. Also, I did NOT know that about Do-Re-Mi. Instructive.

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