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The Organized Mind


Dr. Daniel Levitin




The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before.


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. We're taking a look today at something that's quite relevant to the daily life that we lead-- technology and organization. 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 bestselling 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 straight 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 quite interesting. So if you'll please join me in welcoming him to Google, we'll get started with the talk. Thank you. DANIEL LEVITIN: Well, thank you for having me back at Google. I'm delighted to be here. Everyone has 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 want to talk about three big ideas, and then I'd be happy to take some questions.

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