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RII & "What would Descartes subscribe to?"
Merlin Mann | Dec 5 2005
The other day someone asked if all my hot-roddding, organization, and Mac fu have truly made me any more "productive," and I said what I usually say: "Yeah, on most days, absolutely. But sometimes I'm just procrastinating with lightning efficiency."
The tools at our disposal give us an unprecedented ability to create unmanageable and distracted lives for ourselves; it's like we've attacked the "needle in a haystack" problem by focusing on the supply chain for delivering new hay every quarter-hour. Not to say I'm not frequently doing this myself, but it is interesting to consider how most of us are using the previously-unthinkable ability to find and consume any piece of extant information we could ever want all the time, any time.
I'll bet Descartes, Mozart, and Aristotle would each have been a lot less productive if they were receiving constant SMS updates on Tara Reid's boobs. Just something to think about.
[ RII link via Mike Brodhead. ]
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