The 19th-Century Philosopher Who Predicted Data Overload

When it comes to information, more is not always better

Eric Weiner
4 min readJun 29, 2022

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Photo: Pennsylvania State University

Ours is a noisy time, but it is not only acoustic noise that is worrisome. A more treacherous clamor is mental noise: the flood of images and information — some useful, most not — that bombards us incessantly. The decibel levels for mental noise are off the chart.

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Eric Weiner

Philosophical Traveler. Recovering Malcontent. Author of five books. My latest,:"BEN & ME: In Search of a Founder's Formula for a Long and Useful Life."