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How to Think Without Googling

How to Think Without Googling

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Our mental processes and habits

E-thinking has moved us into habits of grabbing our phones to answer the simplest of questions: finding the map directions to a known address, or calculating the square root of four.

While the verdict is still out if the internet is rewiring and/or dumbing us down, we should cons...

Attention is selecting which elements you look at, interact with, and remember. Attention can get tired, like a muscle.

The internet is a very powerful stimulus for attention. It offers information constantly, demanding and overloading a system that was designed to function in the low t...

The burden of task-switching

Trying to protect oneself from boredom and the fear of missing out (FOMO), has caused people to switch from tab to tab, or screen to screen on the desktop. 

People switch between content on computers every 19 seconds, viewing the content for less than a minute. Multitasking thi...

This is not a fight against the internet, but a fight against a society that is obsessed with speed and productivity made possible by the internet. You can practice resistance. 

  • Close some of your tabs. 
  • Shut off your notifications. 
  • Don't answer an email f...

Your memory comes in a variety of subtypes: 

  • Episodic memory: remembering events that happened, such as your wedding day.
  • Semantic memory: remembering facts like the sky is blue, or where you went to school.
  • Procedural memory: remembering how to dri...

Storing information

Google might be altering the entire nature of your memory for facts. Now that all information is searchable on our phones, it stands to reason our brains might convert semantic memories, all those useless facts, to transactive ones.

Storing information, when it i...

Our brains are organized through networks of related concepts, stories, or the overall perception of a topic. When you learn a new fact, it gets embedded in a nest of everything else you know. The tighter the connections, the better you will remember and recall the information.

If yo...

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