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Let's Be Less Stupid by Patricia Marx
Patricia Marx is my favorite kind of humorist. A funny one. Here, in words and drawings from her book, Let's Be Less Stupid: An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties, she explains why we aren't as smart as we think we are. Oops, I mean "used to be." Or "wish we were." Or something.
If certain scientists are correct, the reason you cannot remember the name of that actor who was in that thing (you know that thing with the actress you used to like who never wears makeup and sometimes has an accent) is because"¦what was I saying? Oh, yes! The reason you seem so stupid these days is paradoxically because you are so smart. According to these optimistic scientists, over the years you have accumulated so much knowledge that, like a computer crammed with a lot of data, your processing speed has slooooowwwed down. (And it's no wonder: every two days we create as much information as we did from the birth of civilization to 2003.) Another way to think of it is that it's harder to find your favorite pair of socks in a drawer that has too many socks. What to do? You need to spring clean your brain. It's time to unlearn, forget, and delete."