Outsourcing of memories

The problem of memories being forgotten in the stream is compounded by how our brains work. When we rely on memory aids like cameras and smartphones we effectively outsource our ability to recall—taking away from the cognitive processing that’s required to create lasting memories.
… when we count on external devices such as a computer, we actually remember less.

^^QZ: How Our Photo Obsession is Threatening Our Memories

People tend to say things about themselves that just can’t be true

picture I took in a bar, in suburban Ireland (2014)

“People without the requisite knowledge to perform a task successfully also lacked the information and understanding required to know they were deficient, and in what ways.”

^^Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t

“DAVID DUNNING: I became very interested in judgments about the self, simply because, well, people tend to say things, whether it be in everyday life or in the lab, that just couldn’t possibly be true. And I became fascinated with that. Not just that people said these positive things about themselves, but they really, really believed them. Which led to my observation: if you’re incompetent, you can’t know you’re incompetent.


DAVID DUNNING: …In logical reasoning, in parenting, in management, problem solving, the skills you use to produce the right answer are exactly the same skills you use to evaluate the answer.”

^^The Anosognosic’s Dilemma: Something’s Wrong but You’ll Never Know What It Is (Part 1)

“This leads to the perverse situation in which less competent people rate their own ability higher than more competent people. It also explains why actual competence may weaken self-confidence: because competent individuals falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding.”

^^Misc. website that might be exaggerating, but is interesting anyway

Be forgiving of those people trapped in circumstances

“This is the second lesson of Blink: understanding the true nature of instinctive decision making requires us to be forgiving of those people trapped in circumstances where good judgment is imperiled.”


“In a series of experiments, the researchers found that pressing financial concerns had an immediate impact on the ability of low-income individuals to perform on common cognitive and logic tests. On average, a person preoccupied with money problems exhibited a drop in cognitive function similar to a 13-point dip in IQ.

Poverty and all its related concerns require so much mental energy that the poor have less remaining brainpower to devote to other areas of life, according to research based at Princeton University. As a result, people of limited means are more likely to make mistakes and bad decisions that may be amplified by — and perpetuate — their financial woes.”

^^Science Daily: Poor Concentration

40% believed imagined scenarios actually happened

In one series of experiments, researchers invented scenarios such as being lost in a shopping mall or staying overnight in a hospital with an ear infection. They then asked volunteers to imagine the event for a few days or to write down how they imagine it played out. Then, days later, the researchers interviewed the subjects and discovered that between 20 and 40 percent believed the imagined scenarios had actually happened.

^^The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn’t–and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger

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