forgetting the books we read is normal: notes from the atlantic article

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Notes from Atlantic article about memory and forgetfulness.

…the experience of consuming culture is like filling up a bathtub, soaking in it, and then watching the water run down the drain. It might leave a film in the tub, but the rest is gone.

This is how I feel all the time, not only with books, but with some of my life experiences as well. Glad to read that I’m not the only one!

The “forgetting curve,” as it’s called, is steepest during the first 24 hours after you learn something. Exactly how much you forget, percentage-wise, varies, but unless you review the material, much of it slips down the drain after the first day, with more to follow in the days after, leaving you with a fraction of what you took in.

I’m delighted to learn that there is a scientific term to describe our tendency to forget, called the “forgetting curve.”

Note to self: consider saying “it appears that my forgetting curve is steep” instead of “I forgot.” On a second note, if I heard someone say that, I would so, so judge them as pretentious and douche-baggy, so scratch that.Read More »

notes from “improving ourselves to death”

samuel-zeller-358865I’ve been enjoying this New Yorker piece and wanted to share my notes and thoughts from this piece. I’m an avid reader of self-help books, however, the more I read, the more I recognize that there needs to be a good middle ground between what they recommend vs. accepting who I am.

And this piece did a really good job explaining our cultural obsession with self-improvement and how we should deal with it. A couple of interesting tidbits from the piece

Cederström and Spicer estimate that the self-improvement industry takes in ten billion dollars a year.

I had no idea that the self-help industry was that big! In comparison, the entire book industry is estimated to be approximately $28 billion dollars per year.Read More »