Daniel Levitin: "The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in an Age of Information Overload"

  • Published on Oct 29, 2014
  • he information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more-and faster-decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.
    But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel-and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time.
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  • Vilmantas
    Vilmantas 3 days ago


  • Boney Nerd
    Boney Nerd Month ago

    Can this chick pull her damn bra strap up, and quit trying so hard lol

  • Bucky Lastards Network
    Bucky Lastards Network 2 months ago +1

    Information from certain sources is now dealt with on the same level of processed foods in that they are simply designed to keep the end user ADDICTED: Information is the new food you could say:
    Useless information is a real current danger and is purposely churned out from various sources to create various human perceptions: The name of such information used to be called propaganda but the correct term is now *Learned Helplessness*
    Some common symptoms of learned helplessness include:
    No self-esteem - or lack of it usually where high self esteem used to be.
    Over Passiveness.

    Poor motivation and no opinions on relevant topics.
    Not starting simple tasks.
    Giving up on important friends; family or social activities.
    Lack of effort resulting in isolation.
    Frustration and or not grieving for loved ones.
    Constant Procrastination.
    Sudden loss or or no confidence.
    Belief that the whole system is a lie.
    Not seeing the point in taking things serious:
    Failure to ask for help or constantly thinking you dont need it.
    Dismissing everyone elses world view in place of your own.
    Wearing the same clothes for days and not bathing or showering.
    No longer reading books but needing audio visual stimuli.
    Little or zero routine in your life or no desire for order.

  • attila arndt
    attila arndt 4 months ago

    I am watching this video while eating my lunch, checking twitter for a new message and opening a new browsertab while it is loading a page that I would like to read... I'm doing something wrong here.

  • Noelkinz G.Roman
    Noelkinz G.Roman 5 months ago

    trying to multitask while watching the vid :D

  • Steve C
    Steve C 6 months ago +1

    The work load on medical interns is criminal on several levels.

  • jj jj
    jj jj 7 months ago

    it's usually 1% who can do these things while 99% can't because the 1% wants more productivity

  • Selmir Hrnčič
    Selmir Hrnčič 8 months ago

    The Infinite Brain is Universe, the individual Brain is person's Mind. Brain is all body, left and right, and not only in the head. The Heart is the real mind, which is 100.000 times stronger, electrically and 5.000 times, magnetically. No one isn't their mind, nor their thoughts, nor their feelings. Mind is a tool for thinking. And feelings, you aren't them, you just experience them. Anyone can have up to 80.000 thoughts per day. But, friends and humanity, problem is only in the negativity, which comes from mind. There are evidence everywhere. God created everything, and we all live and move and have our being in God.(Acts 17 : 28). Problems all around the world are caused by Satan, who transforms as an angel of light. Angels are our messengers from God. "...the whole world is under the sway of the evil one." 1 John 5:19 , "Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness..." 2 Cor.11:14-15;
    1. Created by God, but not equal to God. (Proverbs 16:4)
    2. Defies God and despises truth. (John 8:44)
    3. Was given limited power. (Job 1:8-12)
    4. Commands a hierarchy of demons. (Eph. 6:10-12)
    5. Masquerades as "an angel of light." (2 Cor. 11:14-15)
    6. Plans to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10)
    7. Rules the masses outside God’s protection. (Eph. 2:1-3)
    8. Keeps seeking an "opportune time" to tempt us. (Luke 4:13)
    9. Tries to hide the actual truth about our God. (2 Cor. 4:3-4)
    10. Offers counterfeit promises he can't fulfill. (Gen. 3:4-5)
    11. Twists Scriptures to fit his purposes. (Gen. 3:1-5)
    12. Will suffer the fate he deserves. (Revelation 20:10)

    “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
    ― Albert Einstein:
    -- For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his very mind will be the greatest enemy. Bhagavad Gita,Chapter 6, Verse 6;

    • Serge Rivest
      Serge Rivest 3 months ago

      Selmir Hrnčič religion is for ignorants

  • Luminositymusic
    Luminositymusic 8 months ago

    I’m uh um uhh. ? I try to uhh.

  • Jack Eggleston
    Jack Eggleston 9 months ago

    0:06 Laugh out loud!!

  • Annel Olivares
    Annel Olivares 10 months ago

    I think the time we require to take off (vacations or breaks) depends on the tasks we´re been working on and also the kind of nap, rest, break or vacatons we´re taking. Because we may go to the beach but if we still connected with stress, reading e mails, parting a lot, over eating, sleeping less, online all the time, etc I think we only get stressed on a different way but we don´t rest at all.
    So more than vacations we must disconnect our selves from work or whatever stress us.

  • Kyros Dartanian
    Kyros Dartanian 11 months ago

    This is longer than it has to be. Being concise should be a given. This talk is not structured at all, it sounds like a ramble. If you have an hour to kill and are bored out of your mind, this is a good video to watch. If you are in need of concise information, you will find yourself irritated to sit still like me.

  • Liz Gichora
    Liz Gichora Year ago

    Very nice talk, thank you.

  • Murat Hunoğlu
    Murat Hunoğlu Year ago

    This man reminds me Count Olaf by Neil Patrick Harris. Voice, mouth etc.

  • Jacob Brech
    Jacob Brech Year ago

    A "fart" from that 6:10

  • Lisa Hart
    Lisa Hart Year ago +2

    Yes a serendipity button would be great! I miss the old old days when I ran across different but interesting random links and products through searches. Sometimes those things were from other countries

  • Roxenne Tiny
    Roxenne Tiny Year ago

    what glasses is that?

  • Carole L
    Carole L Year ago +3

    To your list of high pressure multitasking occupations with critical consequences, I suggest adding ICU nurse. If you don't agree, try following one around for a shift.

  • Yuri Phekov
    Yuri Phekov Year ago +4

    skip this and read a book on critical thinking

  • Yuri Phekov
    Yuri Phekov Year ago

    google is a crap search engine and isolates and insulates people from a vastly larger source of information not to memtion the feedback loop based on meta data sad he lauds google as some kind of utopian source it will never replace an array of books that one can objectivly search through.

  • Julio Jackson
    Julio Jackson 2 years ago

    The Google Goggle looks stupid. Need to re-design it.

  • Justin Pettit
    Justin Pettit 2 years ago

    Great lecture.

  • jackgoldman1
    jackgoldman1 2 years ago +4

    The more the body is used, the stronger it gets. The more the mind is used, the weaker it gets. Over loading the mind is making our civilization weaker, resulting in extremists who are binging on extremism. Too many minds, not enough grandmother wisdom.

  • Jordan Shackelford
    Jordan Shackelford 2 years ago +2

    12:30 Isn't this why Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs chose to wear the same outfit everyday? So that they would have one less decision to make?

    • jj jj
      jj jj 7 months ago

      oh the humanity can't spare 5 mins choosing your outfit

  • Jordan Shackelford
    Jordan Shackelford 2 years ago

    I literally watch youtube almost 24/7 so I'm probably getting a terabyte or more of information per day XD. Surprised my head hasn't exploded. Also I think I'm autistic

    • Jordan Shackelford
      Jordan Shackelford 2 years ago

      I like it :)

    • Irina Gadolina
      Irina Gadolina 2 years ago

      Jordan Shackelford yes you are right I live in Moscow

    • Jordan Shackelford
      Jordan Shackelford 2 years ago

      +Irina Gadolina Your name sounds Russian :)

    • Irina Gadolina
      Irina Gadolina 2 years ago

      Jordan Shackelford Hi Jordan. I also enjoy listening ti ted mostly because of English. You see English is not my language. So I practice listening.

    • Jordan Shackelford
      Jordan Shackelford 2 years ago

      your message is blank

  • Justice Justice
    Justice Justice 2 years ago

    The author tells and interesting story even to the point of saying scientists have made much progress in cognitive sciences He may be correct but over 30 yrs of following all sorts of very good presenters and writers do not provide and may not have empirical data based on properly done experents that support their claiims. In fact many if not most properly done studies disprove the claims. Many negative result studies are buried and not publishedm Even if published some are forced to be withdrawn. These are my opinions alone and like every one else I have my biases../

  • Corey Vollmer
    Corey Vollmer 2 years ago

    At right before 20:00, I would argue that this statement is true for a brain that has not been exposed to typing from a young age. It would make sense to me that brains who have been exposed to writing as well as typing from a very young age will find that each are equally embedded into neural circuitry. Just a thought, I'm no neuroscientist.

  • Pär Säthil
    Pär Säthil 2 years ago

    Great lecture. Nothing about meditation and it's positive effects on both brain health and constructive decision making though?

  • सौ. जयश्री अशोक देशमुख

    But what I argue is about him recommending to that serenity button @31:57 what we actually want is we already know so why let there be information crisis. Instead I strongly recommend a button which will be called TWIS means 'This Is What I Was Searching'. The reason here is that a lot of people actually forget what they were searching for and settle for what they got. 😱😱😱😱 #HarshReality .

  • सौ. जयश्री अशोक देशमुख

    When you have to plan for a occasion that is very far TRY at least giving a hour a day of your complete focus . @Good.

  • Brent Crane
    Brent Crane 2 years ago +3

    If you look at him sideways he's Sean Penn

    • jackgoldman1
      jackgoldman1 2 years ago +1

      Both are Jews. Many Jews look similar.

  • dbeentjes
    dbeentjes 2 years ago

    This is awesome. It explains a lot why we get so much stuck in life. ...and how to get out of it!

  • fahd al-ahmari
    fahd al-ahmari 2 years ago +2

    His book "the organized mind" did not much avoid the trap of information overload

    • Sâm Nguyễn Hữu
      Sâm Nguyễn Hữu 11 months ago

      U true. His book full of paper but the thing we need him to tell not be told. Waste of time

    • Kmdsa Kmdsa
      Kmdsa Kmdsa Year ago

      تنصحني بالكتاب ؟؟

  • Truth Evidence
    Truth Evidence 2 years ago +1

    I actually disagree with his comments. He's a pro...so I'm sure that my personal views mean nothing in comparison, but I do disagree.

    • TenderMan
      TenderMan Year ago

      Hey dude, i want to know why you disagree! :D

    LPSMAGICLIGHTS101 c 2 years ago

    Lol this guy is so funny. And the audience is hilarious. They are asking him personal sort of questions and this guy is a neuroscientist and you can tell he doesn't fucking know how to respond but with facts and ranting about shit that then doesn't relate.
    Answer your question?? Hmmmm

    LPSMAGICLIGHTS101 c 2 years ago


  • Frederic Beigbeder
    Frederic Beigbeder 3 years ago +4

    this is completly disappointing.....so he choose a clever title, that has high expectations, but the content is old stuff and to a certain degree has nothing to do with the title......

  • Travis Wizard
    Travis Wizard 3 years ago

    worth watching

  • Void
    Void 3 years ago

    C - curiousity 9:58

  • John Sabattis
    John Sabattis 3 years ago

    Thank you for the information on this , i see a great shift in our world ,and classes in high school should be taught this , human mechanics or something like that

  • Austin Cox
    Austin Cox 3 years ago +12

    Well, he isntfunny, but this is very informative. Someone below me said this is general knowledge, but I disagree.
    If you've studied this subject at great lengths and want a new perspective on something, this is not the video for you. . To the average person who doesn't know anything, this is good information

    • Austin Cox
      Austin Cox 3 years ago

      +John Sabattis if you saw the last reply, ignore it lol. it wasnt meant for you

    • John Sabattis
      John Sabattis 3 years ago

      +Austin Cox i feel like the average person, lol

  • Denis Bomfim
    Denis Bomfim 3 years ago +9

    Wow! That's an amazing presentation, and he didn't even open a presentation software. Thanks a lot, Google, for sharing this with us.

  • DistortedV12
    DistortedV12 3 years ago +2

    This talk was disappointing. 56 minutes of general knowledge you can find perusing the side bar of any self help blog. I thought as a neuroscientist or expert, he'd have more counterintuitive insights, but his qualifications just functioned to give terse, unnecessary explanations and fluff. Dont waste your time.

  • Jean-Paul Yoko
    Jean-Paul Yoko 3 years ago +12

    That awkward moment when you're watching this video while working. Ooops!!!

  • bavel ibrahim
    bavel ibrahim 3 years ago +1

    wow, i love this guy
    so smart and simple and elegant

  • Dharmendra Rai
    Dharmendra Rai 3 years ago +2

    brilliant ! so many questions answered for ppl seriously looking at higher productivity . Thank you Daniel !

  • adahir100
    adahir100 3 years ago

    so glad someone finally said it - I hate "multitasking" and always knew it was NOT a good thing because I do better if focus on one thing well then move on to another, and don't stress out...I am a unitasker for sure, and have always been against this pop cult multi-tasking crap

  • Rima Alkhani
    Rima Alkhani 3 years ago

    Question Do you actually succeed in organizing your thinking by this book?

    • Jeff Doe
      Jeff Doe 2 months ago

      Ya, it helped me, but I combined if with the book "Power of Habits"

  • Sam McDonald
    Sam McDonald 3 years ago +3

    Hmm... watching this while at work... what was his point...

  • 304chance
    304chance 3 years ago

    externalizing is wonderful but what about those questions in the job interviews that do not have remote connection to what we might ever need. I was once asked how many steps did i ascend to get to the interview room. If someone can give me light on how that kind of information in my brain can help me be productive that would be awesome

  • Mind Agilis
    Mind Agilis 3 years ago +1

    What are other ways to get the most out of our brain, and maybe even to augment it? How can technology help? Can certain video games stimulate + enhance cognitive functioning?

    • Jeff Doe
      Jeff Doe 2 months ago

      Music and Exercise

  • Autar Kaw
    Autar Kaw 4 years ago +53

    Bottom Line: If you are learning something new, avoid multitasking. If you are folding laundry, go ahead listen to music or watch TV. The speaker tried to clarify that a particular task like writing a lab report may require you to simultaneously refer to various resources: googling, talking to your group mate, referring a book, looking at class notes, etc. The brain loves to make interconnections for items that have a sole goal.
    See what Nass says in an NPR interview - "Our brains are built to receive many stimuli at one time, but they're related stimuli. The problem with multitasking is not that we're writing a report of Abraham Lincoln and hear, see pictures of Abraham Lincoln and read words of Abraham Lincoln and see photos of Abraham...The problem is we're doing a report on Abraham Lincoln and tweeting about last night and watching a TVclip video about cats playing the piano, et cetera"

    • jigyanshu shrivastava
      jigyanshu shrivastava Year ago

      Autar Kaw very aeticulative

    • Huy Nguyen
      Huy Nguyen Year ago

      Autar Kaw Thank you this is very concise - helped us saving 1 full hr. That being said, the full presentation is very meaningful

    • amir iqbal
      amir iqbal 2 years ago

      Autar Kaw

    • Autar Kaw
      Autar Kaw 3 years ago

      Thank you!

    • Rachel Ericah
      Rachel Ericah 3 years ago +2

      +Autar Kaw well said

  • MaryLovesJustice Neal
    MaryLovesJustice Neal 4 years ago +1

    Daniel Levitin: "The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in an Age of Information Overload" by Google tvclip.biz/video/aR1TNEHRY-U/video.html Do you ever feel like you are being flooded with too much information?

    • MaryLovesJustice Neal
      MaryLovesJustice Neal 4 years ago

      The people at Google are so smart! I'm going to look for more of these videos.

  • Gareth Nortje
    Gareth Nortje 4 years ago +21

    Why is a guy with a google glass always looking down at his podium for his notes??

  • jessuppp
    jessuppp 4 years ago

    dat scope-out at 34:25 lol

  • viaRenovo1
    viaRenovo1 4 years ago +68

    Funny that the guy introducing him is overloading himself with information by wearing the Google Glasses.

    • BigBird Records
      BigBird Records 3 months ago

      Jajaja you made my day

    • jj jj
      jj jj 7 months ago

      i'm surprised he still read an index card instead of text on the glass

    • Dennis Tundrea
      Dennis Tundrea Year ago


  • Sue Lee
    Sue Lee 4 years ago +14

    PLEASE would someone tell the English woman about her bra strap?

  • Michael Hasenstein
    Michael Hasenstein 4 years ago

    (As always) I find the worst (fewest stars) best (voted most helpful) review on Amazon for this book quite interesting - just for perspective: www.amazon.com/review/R1BCQFOAM2DILC/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R1BCQFOAM2DILC (the comments for the review this time are mostly 100% useless though, usually they are better).

    • -=tAz=-
      -=tAz=- 4 years ago +2

      I don't know about his book. Most advice seems obvious, and so anyone who couldn't figure it out probably couldn't benefit from it anyhow. But 24:30 is worth the price of admission.