Info refinery #2:
Learning is important, but what about unlearning? Italians swearing and more in this week. I look in my notes, twitter likes, youtube watched videos and new bookmarks to refine the best.
What have I learned?
The Diderot effect:
Obtaining a new possession often creates a spiral of consumption that leads to additional purchases. Behaviors don’t happen in isolation.
Cognitive tradeoff hypothesis:
Thousands of years ago we had to let go of short term memory to gain a new function: Language. Which might explain why chimpanzees are better at short term memory. (Youtube)
The power of unlearning:
Digital natives have born in the internet era are aware of the immense quantity of information and resources everywhere. Older people, on the other hand, come from a scarcity mindset, which makes us hoard information and think that we have to save everything. Remember those days of uploading folders of 100 pictures to Facebook? Right.
We need to be smart about what we save, and using knowledge in an actionable way, following unlearning to be able to survive in this information abundant times. Save just what is needed in the context of where the information is needed. This is one of the main paradigm shifts behind Building a second brain by Tiago Forte.
Interesting stuff from the web
Italian mayors not very happy with the behavior of the citizens
Food for thought
“If a habit remains mindless, you can’t expect to improve it”
Visualization of the week
What’s on my mind?
Where is the limit for self-imposed goals? We think that more bold goals lead to better results. But was is the price we are paying for unreasonable expectations? How this can affect our mood and mental health?
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