Information is everything

As a good computer scientist, I have an eye on the new technologies that come out by regularly reading the most popular blogs, and websites every morning of my life, drinking a cup of hot water with lemon, ginger and infused with honey. I choose some blogs and websites to follow because of their popularity, the writing style and the technologies they are talking about which match my criteria / daily use.

Let’s be honest, the first criterion is the popularity of the website or blog. You follow google news or your favorite news website because you’ve clicked on a link, which is shown through marketing, or because a friend talked about it to you. Let us not forget that we are all in a filter bubble on the internet. Take a moment to think about where the information you’re reading comes from.

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Let’s go back to my morning read. Since I had this morning routine, for about let’s say 10 years, I’m sure I have read more than hundred posts about “user authentication” in total. Most of these posts are about performance, security and architecture / logic about the “user authentication” process. The amount of information about these subjects is disproportionate compared to the amount of time I will be spending working on problem related, or even to the real interest I have in this subject. And with time to think about it, I can name countlessly similar posts I read that will never affect my life in any way.

All these posts I read are interesting, well written, and I have chosen to read them, or did I? As I said, this is my mechanical morning routine, and the information is coming to me instead of me searching for it.

In NLP, you have the dilts pyramid of logical levels. This is a layered perspective composed by the environment, the behavior, the capability, the values, the identity, which need to be setup accordingly to your goal in order to maximize the probability for you to reach your goal.

But what’s my goal doing this routine? I didn’t have an answer first for this, because all the information was overwhelming me.

I first stopped following the website and blogs that I knew they will probably never have any impact in my life in any way. This gave me (head) space to put into perspectives the situation.

Computer science is made of two things: data structure (that stores information), and computation. These two things are indivisible. If you don’t analyze the information, the information is useless.

Most of the information we are reading more by routine than by real interest, are about “the most”, “the less”, and more generally about corner cases. What seems maybe to be contradictory, is that even though you’re reading some information without any interest, the information seems to have gotten your attention in a way. This comes from similar psychology technique to "clickbait". But at the end, you’re not analyzing the information anymore, and you’re missing the information you need to reach your goal.

You need to find your balance between the number of information you can analyze and the quality of the information.

Does the title ring a bell? If not, maybe you will be interested in another post about time.

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This blog talks about Computer Science, NLP, Personnal Development, and Meditation. All subjects I’m passionate of.

Written by F(log), the April 26, 2018.