posted on Aug, 15 2012 @ 07:41 PM
It's interesting that you mention this, as it seems to be a relatively common question/comment & somewhat of a running joke with many people I know &
encounter (self included). I have friends that are much more research oriented & they can never seem to remember
to investigate this
For the most part, it’s because we've all become pretty content with the anecdotal hypothesis that we live in a world in which, relatively speaking,
at any given moment we have access to virtually any information that we desire. This creates a type of cognitive efficiency (or lassitude), which
predisposes us to seeking novel information and quickly moving-on to the next thing while failing to encode many things that we used to have to
remember. It also lessens our tendency to remember; it’s like we're cognitively out of shape.
Pre-computing formal education corroborates this--I'm sure we all know (& remember) when we were taught that things are best committed to memory by
reading, writing, and saying the information in which we wished to retain. I certainly remember reading ad nauseam, having big discussions/forming
ideas, & taking all kinds of notes over things that, today, I can access instantaneously.
It's just a thought & I'm still an avid reader, but really don't remember anything that I don't discuss, handwrite, or perceive as particularly novel;
it appears as though many of us have merely succumbed to information porn!
I like the other posters' suggestions much better--stars for all!!!
edit on 15-8-2012 by OlafMiacov because: credit due