The best information overload books 📚

Browse the best books on information overload as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Easy Travel to Other Planets

Easy Travel to Other Planets

By Ted Mooney

Why this book?

Easy Travel to Other Planets by Ted Mooney, is a fictionalised story of an attempt at another Moon shot idea; the building of an interspecies communication bridge between humans and dolphins. This was a real experiment attempted in the 1960s, by neuroscientist John Lilly – which I made a film about, for the BBC, called The Girl who talked to Dolphins. Like God’s Debris, Mooney’s book challenges our perceptions of reality, and like Varieties of Scientific Experience, it tries to shed light on what it is to be human. Not only does it cover these grand…

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Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut

By David Shenk

Why this book?

Information overload threatens our ability to educate ourselves, leaves us more vulnerable as consumers and less cohesive as a society, and diminishes control of our own lives. As such David Shenk offers numerous “Laws of Data Smog," i.e: Information is now plentiful and taken for granted. I was immediately impressed by his pithy observations: Putting a computer in every classroom is like putting an electric power plant into every home; education cannot be fixed with a digital pipeline of data. Too many experts spoil the clarity, and lead to the paralysis of analysis.

The law of diminishing returns, says Shenk,…

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Winning the Loser's Game: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing

By Charles Ellis

Why this book?

This book is a classic. It starts with the observation that only a handful of tennis players in the world have the talent and expertise to play to win. For everyone else, tennis is a loser’s game – they simply don’t have the talent to play an attacking game. Instead, they must avoid losing. The same applies to investing. Only a few truly gifted and experienced investors can play to win at investing – picking stocks, timing the market, etc. Everyone else, including the majority of advisors, fund managers, and stockbrokers should be defensive – they should invest to avoid…

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TechnoStress: Coping with Technology @Work @Home @Play

By Michelle M. Weil, Larry D. Rosen

Why this book?

I like this book because the authors have unearthed powerful insights. In one Reuters study, they say, of slightly more than 1,300 business managers in Europe, the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Australia, 33% of managers were suffering ill health as a direct result of information overload. Nearly two-thirds reported that tension with colleagues and diminished job satisfaction were directly related to the stress of information overload. A majority also admitted that their social and personal relationships have suffered as a result of the stress of having to cope with too much information. That kind of information puts in perspective what…

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

By David Allen

Why this book?

This is a classic and for good reason. I love the idea of putting each thing you have to do on its own piece of paper because once you do, you can organize and manage everything on your plate. You can triage and prioritize what needs to happen when, in any area of your life. And the “Someday/Maybe” file is a great way of retaining ideas and plans that aren’t a priority right now.

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Book cover of The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

By Daniel J Levitin

Why this book?

This book is a hefty one—I recommend the audiobook if you’ve got a bad back—but it will help you understand how your brain works in a way that almost no other book can. And the better you understand your mind, the better you’ll be able to make it do what you want, and how to protect yourself from the things that might otherwise sabotage your creative thinking.

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