Knowing What to Ignore

In Philosophy, Productivity, Self Improvement, Short Thoughts

In the last few paragraphs of the book Homo Deus, the author Yuval Noah Harari wrote a couple of sentences that really stood out for me:

In ancient times having power meant having access to data. Today having power means knowing what to ignore.

The premise being that today there it too much information for any individual to absorb, and a lot of it is irrelevant noise.

Being disciplined enough to be able to reduce the flow of information that you receive, and focus on only the key important parts, is a great skill to acquire.

So, optimize for wisdom, not for the amount of knowledge.

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