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#1. Fortunately, human forgetting follows a pattern. We forget exponentially. A graph of our likelihood of getting the correct answer on a quiz sweeps quickly downward over time and then levels off. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#2. The intersection of political analysis and Internet theory is a busy crossroad of cliche, where familiar rhetorical vehicles - decentralized authority, emergent leadership, empowered grass roots - create a ceaseless buzz. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#3. The problem of forgetting might not torment us so much if we could only convince ourselves that remembering isn't important. Perhaps the things we learn - words, dates, formulas, historical and biographical details - don't really matter. Facts can be looked up. That's what the Internet is for. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#4. Every day the choristers of the social web chirp their advice about openness and trust; craigslist follows none of it, and every day it grows. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#5. Books are an ancient and proven medium. Their physical form inspires passion. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#6. Humans make errors. We make errors of fact and errors of judgment. We have blind spots in our field of vision and gaps in our stream of attention. Sometimes we can't even answer the simplest questions. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#7. Our experience in fooling around with the genes of mice has taught us that many of the traits that interest us are not definite products of specific mutations but emergent phenomena arising from extremely complex interactions between genes, environment, and life experience. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#8. As a science fiction fan, I had always assumed that when computers supplemented our intelligence, it would be because we outsourced some of our memory to them. We would ask questions, and our machines would give oracular - or supremely practical - replies. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#9. Human attention is limited, and a massive number of newly browsable books from the long tail necessarily compete with the biggest best-sellers, just as cable siphons audience from the major networks, and just as the Web pulls viewers from TV. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#10. For all their expertise at figuring out how things work, technical people are often painfully aware how much of human behavior is a mystery. People do things for unfathomable reasons. They are opaque even to themselves. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#11. The fondest dream of the information age is to create an archive of all knowledge. You might call it the Alexandrian fantasy, after the great library founded by Ptolemy I in 286 BC. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#12. The history of using mice to stand in for humans in medical experiments is replete with failures. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#13. SuperMemo is based on the insight that there is an ideal moment to practice what you've learned. Practice too soon and you waste your time. Practice too late and you've forgotten the material and have to relearn it. The right time to practice is just at the moment you're about to forget. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#14. Sometimes entire categories of craigslist are rendered nearly unusable by spam. Con artists prowl the listings, paying sellers with fake cashier's checks and luring buyers to share their credit card numbers. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#15. The idea that our mental life is affected by hidden causes is a mainstay of psychology. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#16. Even as the Internet has revived hope of a universal library and Google seems to promise an answer to every query, books have remained a dark region in the universe of information. We want books to be as accessible and searchable as the Web. On the other hand, we still want them to be books. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#17. People are saying, 'Big Data is the new oil.' - Author: Gary Wolf
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#18. The self is just our operation center, our consciousness, our moral compass. So, if we want to act more effectively in the world, we have to get to know ourselves better. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#19. If national safety - the ability to respond to hurricanes, terrorist attacks, earthquakes - depends on the execution of explicit plans, on soldierly obedience, and on showy security drills, then a decentralized security scheme is useless. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#20. Being a 911 operator means balancing seemingly contradictory skills. On one hand, operators have to be fanatically precise and well-organized. On the other, they must be able to establish rapport with panicky callers. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#21. Craigslist is not only gigantic in scale and totally resistant to business cooperation, it is also mostly free. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#22. Steve Jobs has been right twice. The first time we got Apple. The second time we got NeXT. The Macintosh ruled. NeXT tanked. Still, Jobs was right both times. - Author: Gary Wolf
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#23. To the small group of editors and designers who would launch Wired in January 1993, technology represented the future's best hope; but to the media, the tech boom was yesterday's story. - Author: Gary Wolf
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