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How to Free Your Mind From ‘Mental Load’

Before Google, we relied upon on our memories to recall people’s names and numbers. However, Socrates had the same fear about writing.

Writing “will produce forgetfulness,” he warned, and people will “seem to know many things, when they are largely ignorant and hard to get along with.” – via

We are awash in digital information, what one neuroscientist calls “mental load.” We consume so much information we cannot even think creatively.

Google is the second brain. Evernote is the second brain. The Internet provides information so that we can save space in our mind.

The author Paulo Coelho does not take notes. He prefers to experience rather than record. After long walks, he only remembers what’s important and forgets the rest.

Somewhere along the route of evolution God gave humans brains to release them from the prison of biology. Today, we suffer from a cognitive overload, over-stimulated on Instagrams, Snaps, and Tweets.

The only way to release tension and be more innovative is to pursue boredom, to go phoneless. Perhaps we need to think less, not more, to release ourselves from the constraint of stimulation.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.