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What It’s About
Actual thinking is a lost art.
It wasn’t that long ago when we didn’t have televisions, computers, cell phones, internet, and social media. A hundred years ago, people got their news from the local paper. They read books (made with real paper). And if they wanted to discuss their opinions on what they read, they had to meet somewhere—in person.
In other words, they had time to deliberate and ponder. And when they discussed news or ideas, they were interested in what other people thought. There was a whole world outside of their town—their information was limited. (These are just assumptions, but they seem plausible).
Now, our attention span is about two seconds long. Information comes at us like a fire hose. There’s no way to digest it all, so we make snap judgments based on limited data and move on. From that point forward, we tune out most other information that conflicts with our initial choice.
How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds is a book about how to think (shocking!). With so many TV stations, social media platforms, technologies, and media outlets competing for snippets of our attention, we’re no longer people—we’re “users.” And the longer they keep us engaged on their real estate, the more money we’re worth.
Each year, the content gets shorter and more polarizing. Facts don’t matter—being first on the scene matters. If something is reported incorrectly, it just gets buried an hour later by the next wave of content.
Lost in all of this is our sanity and rationality. We no longer have time to think. [Read More…] about How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds — by Alan Jacobs