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43F Podcast: The Myth of Multi-tasking

The Myth of Multi-tasking (mp3)

43Folders.com - "Multi-taskers" are really just splitting their time and attention into smaller slices than you; no one can really do more than one thing at a time. (2:34)

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Meh. I think that’s more...

Meh. I think that’s more than semantics if you catch what I was trying to say.

Maybe I have “Alan Watts on the Brain,” but you’re not actually transitively cooking if you’re doing the dishes. Lots of things we’ve caused to happen in the world are going on at one time; that doesn’t mean we’re “doing them” all the time they’re happening someplace.

I don’t doubt for a second that people can get more done with more efficiency by starting one plate spinning then running to the next (I do stuff like that too). I just need to get a message to overwrought people that the inability to really do five things at once is not a form of retardation--it’s simply being human. And away melts the irrational guilt that you aren't actually "Hal."




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