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Selective ignorance: cultivating intentional knowledge in a chaotic world

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Anne-Laure Le Cunff
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The Internet enabled limitless amount of information, fitting to our brain’s 2.5 petabyte memory storage capacity. Real limitations to our learning are time and mental energy.

Selective ignorance: information diet that broadens intentional knowledge and abandons draining content

  • Ignoring certain topics helps you prioritize and forward your goals
    • Leads to less distractions, reduced stress, improved concentration

When cultivating selecting ignorance:

  • Carefully select diverse information sources of different standpoints and mediums (books, articles, podcasts)
  • Cut back on social media and unfollow accounts that are useless or draining
  • Seek interesting, stimulating conversations
  • Reflect periodically on your learning journey
  • Enjoy the journey
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