The Information Diet & National Security

January 18, 2011

Hi everyone. I still have lots to say, but I’ve been focusing on job and fellowship applications and the like lately. Still, I had to stop to share this really interesting article that relates to what I’ve been talking about here: Military Struggles to Harness a Flood of Data, from the January 16 New York Times.

They’re talking about the same problems I’m talking about here, but with even more overload and far worse consequences of scattered brains. And they can’t always just choose to take in less information. So in that case, what do you do? Here’s one clip from the article:

The military is trying novel approaches to helping soldiers focus. At an Army base on Oahu, Hawaii, researchers are training soldiers’ brains with a program called “mindfulness-based mind fitness training.” It asks soldiers to concentrate on a part of their body, the feeling of a foot on the floor or of sitting on a chair, and then move to another focus, like listening to the hum of the air-conditioner or passing cars.

I do know that as I work in about sixteen different applications and class projects at once, stopping to sense that my foot in fact exists might actually be useful.

You think I’m being tongue-in-cheek but I’m actually serious.

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