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Think About It

I read with interest this missive by Neal Gabler on the decline of thinking by the general public. So I did some thinking about it. What struck me about the article is how many times he mentioned the over abundance of information. I immediately compared the way we've learned to produce cheap content with how we learned to do the same thing with food.

Food was difficult to scale, but technology helped us to create more of it cheaply. Everyone began to feast on the quick, less nutritious stuff. As we neared the bottom of the KFC bucket, i.e, the cheap stuff proliferated, a shift began to more quality, nutrient dense food. Hence the emergence of Whole Foods.

Perhaps we'll see the same thing in content after we've gorged on all that cheap content. Some will remain addicted to the junk, but others will want cleaner colons err cortices and denser content will emerge. Which will make "thinking" more of a necessity. What do you think?

I think vs I feel

This question comes up a lot for users of gottaFeeling. What is a thought versus what is a feeling?

It's a complicated question but here's a shortcut: If you can substitute "I am" for "I feel", you have expressed a feeling. If you can substitute "I think" for "I feel", you have expressed a thought or a judgment. Said another way, when "feel" is followed by "that," "like," or "as" you are most likely expressing an opinion or thought, not feelings. For example, saying "I feel that you are not paying attention" is an observation, not a feeling.

Interestingly, a new research study out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business looks at the question from a marketing perspective, and it turns out which you use matters. You can see an abstract of the study here.