The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

Daniel Levitin is a professor of psychology and behavioural neuroscience and in this book he provides a valuable guide on how to cope better with information overload. The book is more than a ten-things-you-should-know list as it draws on his research on how the brain works. One point he does emphasise is that multi-tasking is inconsistent with the way our brains work. The research shows that it is fatiguing, less productive, and more error-prone than focusing on one task at a time.

The book is wide-ranging and delves into topics such as probability and risk in medical procedures, decision-making in organisations and critical thinking. As an example of the latter, he describes how Google has used Fermi problems to assess new recruits such as, how many piano tuners are there in Chicago? No one is expected to answer correctly but it tests their methodology in problem-solving and approximation.
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