Junk Learning

Consumption of junk information 24X7 actually damage brain than making us any smarter. Also, most people nowadays are sure of their own belief without trying argue the opposite equally well!
These people become canon fodder of propaganda machines.

Not everything we learn is good for our brain. Junk foods are eatables, but they do not make us healthy. Similarly, a lot of the information that we come across everyday doesn’t actually make us smarter. If the data we gather are faulty, our reasoning based on that data will be faulty too, and so will be our actions based on that reasoning.

This is ‘junk learning’. Just as junk food can make you sick, junk learning can make you dumb. Worrying still, the more your brain gets fed with junk learning the more prone it will become to pick up further junk learning because of the pathways that have already been opened up in your brain.

With too much information available at our fingertips now, we are more and more at risk of getting swayed by junk learning.

How to avoid junk learning:

  1. Recognize human capital often depreciates; invest in knowledge that increases in value.
  2. Avoid overconfidence.
  3. Avoid confirmation bias.
  4. Avoid trusting the wrong ideas and false experts.
  5. Learn across disciplines.

Source: Most People Think This Is A Smart Habit, But It’s Actually Brain-Damaging


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