Eyes Wide Open
Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!
Eyes Wide Open
We had the good fortune to read Isaac Lidsky’s Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can’t See Clearly. Isaac was a child star, “Weasel,” on the television series Saved by the Bell: The New Class. He went on to graduate from Harvard at age nineteen with degrees in mathematics and computer science, and then went to Harvard Law, ultimately clerking for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But the real formative experience in Isaac’s life was going blind—losing his sight entirely by age 25. Isaac’s book is an inspiring reminder about appreciating what you have in life. Isaac’s interview with Barb is a blog post, and a YouTube video—but honestly, we think you’d prefer Isaac’s book. Isaac himself reads the Audible version of his book, always a plus for us!
Memory Tips Video
Here’s a brand new 4 minute video from our friend Nelson Dellis, 4 time US Memory Champion, that gives some great memory insights—this one’s on remembering grocery lists. (It’s kind of a treat watching Nelson trash his apartment.) If you would like to join Nelson in his efforts to support research on memory, please take the Extreme Memory Challenge.
7 Killer Memory Improvement Tips From The World Of Conference Interpreting
This is an outstanding guest post and podcast narration by Lukas Van Vyve, on the “Magnetic Memory Method” blog of our friend, memory expert Anthony Metivier. This post is outstanding because it goes beyond simply improving your memory to also give tips on how to enhance your ability to focus and maintain attention. Not to be missed! On a side note, here also are some of Anthony’s very worthwhile books on language learning:
- How to Learn and Memorize Spanish Vocabulary: Using A Memory Palace Specifically Designed For The Spanish Language
Santiago Ramón y Cajal Exhibition
As many of you know, we’re big fans here at Learning How to Learn of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the Nobel Prize winning father of modern neuroscience—and artist extraordinaire. A travelling exhibition of Cajal’s original drawings is wending its way around North America—including Minneapolis, Vancouver BC, New York City, Cambridge Massachusetts, and Chapel Hill North Carolina. See the touring schedule here. Hat tip librarian Mary O’Dea.] And don’t forget the best-selling book about Cajal’s artistic landmarks of science: Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramon y Cajal, which is finally back in stock.
That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!
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