Posts tagged reading
The acquiring of knowledge and insights has been occupying my mind lately. More and more information and knowledge tends to be served in snackable portions, short texts, videos or talks. Online you can gobble up the latest TEDtalk while eating lunch, read a blogpost about the latest revolution or something, check some facts on Wikipedia and so on. We are overwhelmed by information and knowledge to acquire. We’re constantly at the drive in of the fast food joint of knowledge.
You can cram a book into a nice 10 minute animation which serve all the insights and ideas the book has to offer, but what it cant emulate is the slowly consumption book reading is. Spending time with the ideas of other, greater, minds and adding your biases and knowledge to the the mix. Committing and investing a great time of thinking about a subject.
For me thats whats make reading books so unique and special. It lets me deeply explore topics, ideas and thoughts through the minds of other. Slowly building my own insights and opinions.
“ Every McDonald’s, for instance, looks the same—the company deliberately tries to standardize stores’ architecture and what employees say to customers, so everything is a consistent cue to trigger eating routines. The foods at some chains are specifically engineered to deliver immediate rewards—the fries, for instance, are designed to begin disintegrating the moment they hit your tongue, in order to deliver a hit of salt and grease as fast as possible, causing your pleasure centers to light up and your brain to lock in the pattern. All the better for tightening the habit loop.”
“ An efficient brain requires less room, which makes for a smaller head, which makes childbirth easier and therefore causes fewer infant and mother deaths. An efficient brain also allows us to stop thinking constantly about basic behaviors, such as walking and choosing what to eat, so we can devote mental energy to inventing spears, irrigation systems, and, eventually, airplanes and video games.”
“ They’re highborn, all but Blane, they get drunk on words instead of wine.”
“ Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head instead of with one’s own.”
“ As a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.”
“ Human beings still read at the same speed as Aristotle did. The average American college student reads four hundred and fifty words per minute. The really clever ones can manage eight hundred. That’s about two pages a minute. But IBM just announced last year they’re building a new computer for the US government that can perform twenty thousand trillion calculations a second. There’s a physical limit to how much information we, as a species, can absorb. We’ve hit the buffers. But there’s no limit to how much a computer can absorb.”