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COVER STORY Internal strife at Fortress ABC by Peter Westmore

EDITORIAL The state is separating children from families

CANBERRA OBSERVED Liberals are bare favourites for Wentworth

DEREGULATION Sugar growers are getting burned on churned-up playing field

EUROPE Attempt to discipline Hungary divides the EU

CHINA Social Credit System gives complete control of every citizen

EDUCATION Curriculum refinements will not fix schools

BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION Banks' failures are a symptom of social malaise

HISTORY Moby Dick and American exceptionalism

SHAKESPEARE Tick-tock: clues to the timeless appear of the Bard

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Trump to UN: we'll do it our way; you do it yours

MUSIC Well-tempered scale: might put an alien in a bad temper

CINEMA Alpha: Beautiful beginnings

BOOK REVIEW Essays towards reconstruction

BOOK REVIEW Can society survive the decay of religion?

LETTERS

CLIMATE CHANGE Hockey 1, hockey 2: Good science contradicts IPCC's two-degree alarmism

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THE ORGANIZED MIND:
Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

Daniel Levitin

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(Penguin UK, 2014)
Paperback: 528 pages
ISBN: 9780670923113
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Twenty-first century society is drowning in information, and the highest achievers are the most at risk . . .

Every day we are bombarded with new facts, figures, stories, theories and demands on our attention. We expect our brains to process ever higher volumes of data but all this information comes at a cost.

Relentless external pressure leads to information overload: absent mindedness, poor decision-making, lowered efficiency and even a suppressed capacity for creative thought. Understanding this pitfall is ever more crucial to surviving and thriving in the digital age.

In The Organized Mind, neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin investigates and explains exactly how we got here, from the early building blocks of language to why email is so addictive. There is an alternative to wrestling with all this information: Levitin demonstrates how to ease your mental burden by storing information in the physical world instead. Case studies and worked examples cover smarter decision-making, improving memory and attention, identifying what information is and is not important, and organising your time, your space and your relationships successfully.

By analysing how your brain works, The Organized Mind will help you function better, go further, and find more time to do the things you really want to do.

 

About the author

Dr Daniel Levitin has a PhD in Psychology and trained at Stanford University Medical School (in neuroimaging) and at UC Berkeley (in cognitive psychology). He is the author of the #1 best-seller This Is Your Brain On Music (Dutton, 2006), which was published in nineteen languages. His second book, The World in Six Songs (Dutton, 2008) hit the bestseller lists in its first week of release. Currently he is a James McGill Professor of Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience and Music at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


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