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Notes: How to Survive the Age of Information Exhaustion

Vik Duggal
Vik Duggal
• 1 min read

Akiff Premjee wrote an essay today titled "How to Survive the Age of Information Exhaustion". Here are my notes

  • We are in the age of information exhaustion
  • It means that we have more information to take in now than we ever have before
  • It is leading us to feel overwhelmed by all that we have to take in, and, moreover, it is preventing us from creating output and thinking critically
  • The need for balance: Is this bad? Not entirely; the key is moderation.
  • Endless consumption leads to new information at the top of our knowledge funnel, but the bottleneck is us processing this information. We essentially overload the funnel so much that we stop focusing on understanding and growth. This thinking and processing is best achieved by creating (writing).
  • Creating takes us from theory to practice (adults tend to learn better via andragogy (learning by doing))
  • Creating pushes the boundaries of our understanding (the best way to test your understanding about something is to explain it to someone else in simple terms)
  • Creating in public leads you to like-minded people and different perspectives (By putting your output into the public sphere, you are opening yourself up to instantaneous feedback)
  • Creating is net positive for the world (we have a duty to create because the act of creating and putting ideas into the world)
  • Building a System for Inputs and Outputs (https://superorganizers.substack.com/p/how-to-never-lose-another-memory)
  • Seeing things written down is beneficial for two reasons:
  • You have a log that you can look back on.
  • Balancing ins and outs becomes much easier when you can physically see an imbalance.

Akiff does a great job of putting together the article and supporting it with images and examples. I'd definitely give it a read.

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