Nugget Curation 2: Curating your research process

“For mature thought there is no mechanical substitute. But creative thought and essentially repetitive thought are very different things. For the latter there are, and may be, powerful mechanical aids.”

“The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today.”

“In other words, the human mind neither learns nor acts by large leaps, but by steps organized or structured so that each one depends upon previous steps.”

“Computers are simply a necessary and enjoyable part of
life, like food and books. Computers are not everything, they
are just an aspect of everything, and not to know this is
computer illiteracy, a silly and dangerous ignorance.”

Our brains have been the most advanced piece of technology we have had since the beginning of time. Since the new era of advanced physical technology came about, I believe we have neglected the best piece of equipment we have always had – the brain. Every single one of these nuggets talks about machines and technology. In today’s world all you hear about is technology. The newest this, the latest that. Every one wants the latest best thing with the most capabilities. But what about the oldest, greatest thing that has an infinite realm of capability? Our brains are so incredible, these babies are geared to rewire themselves even! They can endure surgeries and separation of parts, and they can still recover and relearn and fix themselves. They power entire human bodies. They control the outside and the inside and they compute and they problem solve, they remember and they create, they are the piece of technology we should be the most concerned about, not the latest smartphone.

We should do our best to keep our brains at optimal performance, with lots of rest time and training. With our continuous, day and night use of various forms of technology, our brains need rest and they need time to recover in areas that are not receiving the attention they need. We should be working on improving our brains so that we can continue to develop and improve these masterpieces of technology we are working on every day. The brain and its vast capabilities are forgotten under the shadow of surgical machines and computer screens. The real tune up we need is for our noggins.

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