I read today that the average person is believed (rather wishy-washy wording for a scientific finding) to have 70,000 thoughts each day.
If I had so many thoughts, when would I find the time to write my blog. I recall having about a dozen yesterday, and most were worthless. Like this post...
On the other hand, the rest of the article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/mar/13/memory-techniques-joshua-foer) was interesting. It explained humans' growing inability (or lack of effort) to memorize information. Having instant access to so much information devalues much of it. Does having access to everything basically mean having access to nothing in particular?
During the Cold War, communication specialists used to say that information was more valuable and longer-lasting in communist countries than in the West, because the truth was so rare. Fleeting stories on the 24-hour news cycle gain no traction on the human mind.
If people don't value something or are too lazy to remember it, then what happens when the power goes off?
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.