When was Dante Alighieri born? What does “reliable” mean? Was Plato a Sophist? Who won the Champions League in 2015? How many times have you been faced with a question like this and did not remember the answer. Fortunately, in the palm of your hand, as long as the internet connection is good, you will immediately find the answer to any doubt.
By repeating this action continuously, several times a day every day, we automate a behavior of abdication of the storage function of our memory to an external device. Our brain no longer has to try to remember notions, because it learns to be able to use them at any time without making any effort. And it’s true, it doesn’t cost him much, just a few easy flicks of the thumb. Reasoning, the production of ideas, the ability to solve situations, derive from the ability to connect, to variety, to quantity of brain synapses. But if we keep the notions in our external palm memory, the synapse is not created, the reasoning analyzes fewer cases, the conclusion is obvious, the consideration is trivial, the choice is almost obligatory. Anyone of us will access the same answer given by the same search engine, will reach the same conclusion by abdicating our every possibility of individual thought. Think of a different situation, where instead the storage action is performed mechanically, after having had a real and fatigue experience as it could be an alternation between school and work on the farm (see how it works here). To find out what “reliable” means, I open a dictionary and search, I read the examples given, maybe my eye falls on the phonetics, maybe I am in a college or in an English camp (here I explain the importance of these experiences). To calculate the derivative, I go to my classmate’s house, he explains it to me, my mother prepares the donut for us, the flavor of which is linked to the memory of the procedure. I will have put pleasure and notion in the same drawer of my brain as you do with the Learnemotion. The formation of the concept goes back to being offline, that is, the result of an individual experience born in a social context, a sequence of behaviors that have had time to wait, do, repeat, wait again, return to the concept.