The Great Abbreviators

In 1932 Aldous Huxley published Brave New World, and in 1958 he wrote a non-fiction reassessment of the novel. Included in the introduction of this follow-up essay is a sentiment that is as relevant today as the moment it was written: given all the pressing important matters for us to consider as a society, how …

In Defense of Multitasking

The problem is we cannot see what we cannot see. We cannot unbundle our neurons. We cannot unstreamline our neural pathways. We cannot un-habituate ourselves to our own habits all by ourselves. We need calculated disruption—what some people would call, on an attentional level, distraction—before we can begin deep learning of our most basic patterns, …