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The Organized Mind

Daniel Levitin | 53:25


So everyone, thanks for stopping by for another outstanding talk at Google. It's great to see so many attention, respectful Googlers here in the audience, oh, we're taking a look today at something that's quite relevant to the the daily life that we lead technology and organization. 

You know, after all, we are here to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. So they say, today, we're pleased to host Dr. Daniel Levitin, he's stopping by to assist us in this journey. He's the best selling author of the world in six songs. And this is your brain on music. 

And today, He speaks to us about the organized mind thinking STS in the age of information overload, taking views from neuroscience and from history, he takes the latest research in cognitive psychology and brings it to the masses in a book that's really, really quite interesting. So if you'll please join me in welcoming him to Google. We'll get started with the talk. 

Thank you.

Well, thank you for having me back at Google. I'm, I'm delighted to be here. And everyone's been so nice. Since I got here a few engineers came up to me and said it was so nice to be able to put a face with all that click traffic they've been watching all these years. I wanted to talk about three big ideas. And then I'd be happy to take some questions that three big ideas are multitasking, brain extenders, and decision making in the age of information overload. But first, I'll give you a little glimpse into why I wrote the book. 

Neuroscientists in the last 10 years have learned quite a bit about why the brain pays attention to some things and forgets others. And most of that information hasn't trickled down to the average person. And I think that all of us can use this information in our daily lives to better organize our time, our homes and workplaces. And I wrote the book as a way to share what it was that we as a field had learned and to give some practical tips about how to use that information.

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