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COVER STORY The Christ child: a life lived for the whole world

WATER RESOURCES Murray-Darling management delivers the worst of both worlds

CANBERRA OBSERVED Libs fish around for explanations

ASIAN AFFAIRS Taiwanese agree to stick with nuclear power

EDUCATION In support of NAPLAN

VICTORIAN ELECTION Coalition collapse

ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY Mondragón Corporation: humanity at work

BREXIT December 12: D-Day for Britain's EU vote

EUTHANASIA WA Government ignores objections and lessons

TAIWAN Referendum stems homosexual tide

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Free trade and the WTO in the Trump era

MUSIC Teacher teachers: The jarring note in music courses

CLASSIC CINEMA The Adventures of Robin Hood: The one and only

BOOK REVIEW A triumph of determination

BOOK REVIEW An escape from futility and addiction

POETRY

LETTERS

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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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