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April 28 2011 6:37 AM

The Audio Book Club on Moonwalking with Einstein.

Our critics discuss Joshua Foer's new book on memory.

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In this week's audio book club, Slate's Daniel Engber, David Plotz, and Hanna Rosin discuss Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein, about his quest to compete in the U.S. Memory Championships, and what he learned about the human brain along the way. The editors discuss whether Foer proves that these memory techniques are useful just for this freakish subculture or have wider applicability. They also discuss Foer's impressive reporting on Daniel Tammett, who claims to be a savant. Engber recommends the book especially for older people who might think memory loss is inevitable.

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Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate

David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

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