Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Food for Thought

Because I am still trying...despite evidence that it's not working (see lack of content on this blog).

Food for thought via George Siemens from The Atlantic.


Downes said...

Yes, well, I'm reading your post, listening to music, and waiting for a flight. That's three tasks.

Not all tasks go together. Flying a plane and doing brain surgery, for example. It's easy to find things that don't go together and say 'multitasking is dead'. But that's foolishness; it's like saying that because lime green and hot pink don't match that people should never combine colours.

I don't know if anyone has attempted to map the cognitive shape of different tasks and to thereby explain how to combine tasks productively. That, I think, would be a more useful exercise than saying multitasking is dead.

Wendy said...

I would love to see the mental map of what happens in the brain while one walks / chews gum / listens to Nirvana vs. the mental map when one writes a professional e-mail / talks on the phone with a co-worker / IMs with a friend.