Facebook, twitter, newspapers, blogs, audiobooks, TV, phone calls, emails, bills. These are the things you’ll probably think about when I say that we all tend to be swamped in too much information. Your attention is valuable, and as I’ve said before, it’s worth asking yourself whether something is a good use of your most precious resource before you unthinkingly allow something into your life.
That’s about productivity. But have you thought how detrimental information can be to creativity?
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
— Albert Einstein
I’m a geek, and what’s more, I spend about half of my week teaching. For me the freedom we now have to obtain across the internet the sort of information once guarded jealously by kings is without doubt the single greatest achievement of civilisation.
But with great power comes great responsibility.
We’re so scared we’ll waste time re-inventing the wheel, we spend hours researching how other have solved a problem instead of solving it ourselves.
Googling is literally replacing inventing.