Half Of What I Say Is Meaningless

Posted: September 8, 2010 in It's All Important Stuff

“Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you” – Khalil Gilbran

Television, the web, blogs, facebook and more continually bombard our sense and sensibilities.   At least half of all that input is meaningless and probably much more.

Most nuggets are parsimoniously devoid of value.  Yet, we diligently cram them into our brains as fact or feature; neatly filed, coded, categorized and tucked away for potential future retrieval.

Each of these has an opportunity cost.  Memory space is finite and our ability to retrieve is not tireless.  The opportunity potentially lost is that something useful or possibly even clever may have been dislodged or otherwise lost forever.

Ever considered an “information diet?”  Have we become rotund and bloated with useless data fat?  Supersize me and add cheese please!

  1. Tony says:

    First step…. Don’t read this blog anymore! 🙂 I hope I’m not truly dislodging something useful by reading your blog because I like what you write. Keep up the good work.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Todd you make a extremely great point. The amount of information that memory can store is, as far as we currently know, not limited. However, our ability and likelihood to retrieve that information can very easily be impaired. The recall of information from long term memory can be influenced by a large number of factors. Without explaining current theories behind memory storage I will say that memories can be thought of in a similar manner as a web. Memory for one thing may trigger the memory for something else and so on and so on. The more “junk” that we commit to memory the more likely that the junk may become associated or linked to important things. So when we think of one important thing we then start thinking about the “junk” rather than another important thing.

    We have all experienced our mind wandering from an important thing to 50 “random” other things and never make the connection to the second related important thought.

    Overall too much “junk” committed to memory will likely be a problem.

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