In an information-saturated environment, the observer's most critical faculty is not perception, but rejection. The capacity to rapidly and with low cost reject unneccessary, useless, or bogus signals or messages, below the level of consciousness if at all possible....


In the twenty-first century censorship works by flooding people with irrelevant information. We just don't know what to pay attention to, and often spend our time investigating and debating side issues. In ancient times having power meant having access to data. Today having power means knowing what to ignore.

~ Yuval Noah Harari



@dredmorbius I think this is a crucial insight for our time and for the future. We are living in one of the great transitions of human history. The flood gates of data have opened and we don't know how to handle it. If we get it right, future generations - the ones who we are teaching now - will understand how to use their judgement and filter through the crap. If we get it wrong, then the world will become ever more divided and ever more unequal.

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