Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Popularity

Haha, yes ok, I'm a year too late finding this article by Brian Wheeler of BBC, but not only does it seem relevant it's so brilliantly titled.

The potential for the brain to memorise is enormous. No one wants to put a final limit on it," he says. The mind does not store information in a cold, clinical way like a computer. Memory is strongly linked to emotion. So although we are bombarded with information all the time, we are unlikely to remember much of it. The problem is not the amount of information you take in, but what your brain does with it, Professor Kendrick says. Trying to take in lots of information and organising it in such a way that you can bring it back in the right way, at the right time, is quite a problem. We have got so much information now that you are likely to overload your own personal capacity.


Right Mr. Wheeler, that why I started my blog, to keep my information organized and to present it to the world so that I take more emotional stock of it and integrate it fully.
Another blog titled Future Now responded to the article and pointed out that information doesn't really exist on it's own, but is created at the moment it is observed or measured.

In other words, "information"-- or more accurately, knowledge-- really only exists when those decoding and intepreting functions are going on. It is created by the exchange; it isn't a thing that is exchanged. The CD doesn't contain information; it contains instructions that, if acted on by the right computer running the right software on the right operating system, can become knowledge. Or as Bob puts it, "Our friend Thoreau said 'It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak, and another to hear.' This captures nicely the notion that what is really happening in communication happens in two brains and not somewhere in the middle."

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