I will be taking most of the rest of August off from writing daily blog posts. I am largely doing this because I will also be unplugging from the constant information drip. This is the information equivalent of a purge diet. My theory is that we are mal-adapted to the supersaturated information environment we are in now. Our brains evolved in a setting that had much less information in it but what bits of information it had were super important as they often determined life or death. With smartphones we are one step away from a direct feed into our brains and so we are taking new information “hits” far too frequently. To me there seems a direct parallel here to our mal-adaptation to a sugar rich environment. And the corollary is an information-obesity problem. I look forward to slimming down for the next two weeks.
PS This also means that I will be slow to respond to emails.