ARE WE DROWNING IN INFORMATION?

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Good Monday morning Friends,

I hope your coffee has kicked in as you face the week ahead. Last week I posted about a new site I will be starting by the end of the year called The Curator. The support I received was amazing and I just wanted to say how much it means to me. You guys are my compass showing me when I am on the right track.

Tired of the mountains of information on the net, with no regulation around what can be said, I decided to start a site where people can trust the message. I was ranting to my boyfriend in the car this morning about the internet. About how I love love love it. How I am guilty of feeling a little less happy if I am somewhere without fast wifi – however, it has offered a platform for opinions, many of which are ill-advised or come with ulterior motives. As a researcher, I was trained to back up the opinions I share, with some sort of evidence, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions – giving the power back to the content consumer to think for themselves. In my PhD thesis, my supervisor would strip any conclusions I drew that were too left-field or lacked real evidence. I learned the difference between stating a theory and stating a fact – and how important it is to let the reader know which is which. They are trusting me and like any relationship, even  one between the writer and the reader, that trust should never be abused. 

At dinner with the girls last night we also discussed trolling. How the internet has given a voice to those who have spent their whole lives feeling as though theirs does not matter, and now they use this platform to try to hurt others as much as they hurt inside. It gives the illusion of power to the otherwise powerless. As a result, the internet is full of noise, some of it unproductive, some of it plain nasty. As I waited for my coffee this morning, I checked Pinterest and the image at the top of this post came up in my feed. “We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom.” I don’t think a post has ever summed up how I feel so succinctly! Eat the kale, kale is an expensive fad. Don’t eat fat, eat good fats. Put in more effort, don’t be a perfectionist. Jesus…it’s enough to confuse the hell out of anyone. As the world gets noisier, so do our minds.

Anyway, I just wanted to drop a line to say hi! Thank you! And I hope you are having the best of days! Every time you like a post, share a post, or make a comment, I get new readers and this is really exciting. I will pop a new post up on Wednesday.

Loads of love to all of you xxxx

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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.

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