Burdening the Short-term Memory with Distractions

If the brain is never at rest, it can never build up the type of conceptual schemas that lead to understanding.

If the brain is never at rest, it can never build up the type of conceptual schemas that lead to understanding.


I had never owned any type of smartphone or tablet and all my electronic needs had always been taken care of by my laptop. However, earlier in the year I purchased an Android tablet to help me with my work, and a nifty little pouch so I can wear it with me when I go places. It functions as a computer, camera, phone, and GPS all in one. Cool, eh?

The reason I bought this device was so that I could use it as a phone for my essential oil business and a GPS so that I stop getting lost. (The decision to purchase the device occurred one day when I got so lost that I took a road up into the mountains that abruptly ended without any warning. The sad thing was that I thought I was on my way home.)

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The ‘Christian Perspective’

From my article ‘The Abstraction of God and the Culture Wars (Nominalism 7)

Often the Christian perspective on culture comes to amount to little more than colonizing isolated issues, which are assessed in terms of a divine will that has already been abstracted from any larger sense of teleological and ontological order. Failure to recognize an inner-logic within the world (including human nature) often leaves evangelical spokespersons unable to point to the normativity of Christian moral order, or the fittingness of God’s commands within any scheme larger than, and antecedent to, mere will. A result of this functional nominalism is that Christian contributions to the public discourse can become largely unintelligible to those in different ideological communities. Worse still, such unintelligibility is seen to be inevitable and unavoidable, thus disincentivizing Christians from exploring new and creative ways to communicate.

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“In raising awareness about distractions, part of the problem is that most people tend to see the problem of distractions as being purely about time rather than about the burden they create on the executive memory. Accordingly, many of us think that managing distractions like smart-phones, emails and text messages involves keeping these activities as brief as possible. In reality, the problem with these distractions is that they drain our cognitive resources even if they only occupy seconds or micro-seconds. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use these technologies, only that they should not be allowed to invade your study process. It would be better to text, tweet, surf and do Facebook for an hour once a day then twenty minutes interspersed throughout the time when you are supposed to be studying.” From the article, ‘Three Skills for Online Learning that no one is Teaching