The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload Hardcover
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After long-windedly bringing readers up to date on concepts like attention, information, and memory, Levitin uses the test case of dealing with the diagnosis of a potentially life-threatening illness to discuss improve negotiations of our lives and mindsets. He argues that we need to shift our burden of organization from our brains to the external world, including improving our understanding of statistics and refining our ability to critically sift information. Levitin concludes with advice on the values and skills we can teach our children to prepare them for life in information overdrive.
Much of Levitin's analysis informs and engages, especially his discussion of the disadvantages of procrastination and his deconstruction of the myth of multitasking. However, such a long book does not seem to contain enough insight to render it unique.
It shows us how to organize our mental homes but the reader can't help thinking that he/she has perused the same material before. Then again, that could just be symptomatic of information overload.
There's some moderately interesting storytelling here - some probably accurate science which you've probably already heard of before. And the practical tips are banal to the point of being hilarious and useless at the same time. Index cards? Try to contribute quality to the conversation? Social media probably provides breadth but not depth? A good thing the guy has PhD next to his name on the back flap or I might have assumed this was some kind of satire.
And his previous book on music was better, by the way. Unless you've never, ever read anything about organizing your life, your time, etc. give this one a pass, unless you really must read it for some reason. Maybe read his colleague's book "Thinking Fast and Slow" from a few years back. And this is a longish book too, so it will take precious time. Maybe the best way to get organized is to organize this book off your reading list.
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The Organized Mind was packed with valuable and interesting information. I chanced upon it and could not believe how engrossing a book with that pedestrian title was!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of info. I find skimming it and focusing on sections that immediately relevant to me is the best way to tackle the book.Published 8 months ago by GC
An excellent book that provides both 'technical' information on memory and priority setting but also gives useful and practical clues concerning organization of various aspects of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by DENNIS R PUNTER
I've just read the first hundred pages and am loving it so far!Published 15 months ago by Margit Hesthammer
Review courtesy of www.subtleillumination.com. Disclosure: I read this as an advance reader copy.
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I read "This Is Your Brain on Music" and, having loved it, I gravitated toward this book. It is filled not only with great science and insights on how our brains work and how we as... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dennis Maione