Building a Second Brain | Article 2 of 2

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In article number one of Building a Second Brain, I talked about how the conscious and subconscious mind receives and processes information. And once the brain receives information, how short-term memory, working memory, and long-term memory support operations.

Our complex and beautiful mind is what separates us from the rest of nature. Our brain provides an exceptional sense maker with more than 100 billion sensory cells to help us experience the world. As we move from moment to moment, soaking in bits of information through our senses, sight, sound, taste, and touch, we absorb it into our subconscious mind. A tiny percent of what we process is happening consciously.

Read Building A Second Brain | Article 1 of 2 for context.

Benefits of a Second Brain

Reading 300 words per minute isn’t a lot when you need to understand a textbook to cram for an exam.

Or storing 7 bits of information in short-term memory isn’t ideal when you forget the peanut butter and toilet paper at the grocery.

Taking notes, tapping into shared knowledge, discovering insights you didn’t know exist, and accessing relevant information when you need it most, are all benefits of a Second Brain.

What if you had your friends’ notes from the day you missed class? You probably wouldn’t have to read chapter two and synthesize the content for yourself. Or, at minimum, having access to the shared insights would give you a frame of reference for the events that took place without your presence. Read, How One University Professor Uses bundleIQ to Increase Engagement in the Classroom.

“bundleIQ helps us work independently but also helps us come together to build on each other’s knowledge and understanding of schoolwork. So often in classes, students are forced to either work in a group or independently. Rarely is there a way to combine both.” — Student at Skidmore College

Getting the most out of a Second Brain

The function of a Second Brain is to connect you to the knowledge you need at that moment. And having alliances that support your effort is part of the process. In this case, an ally can be a classmate who is sharing their notes or a co-worker adding the essential info you need to complete a task. Read, How to Create Relevant and Useful Content as a Team.

Likewise, a partner on this journey, when using bundleIQ, is an Artificial Intelligence that connects dots for you and offers suggestions as you work. Working memory is the active storage function when we’re processing thoughts and solving problems. Activating ‘IQ amplifies your ability to operate because relevant knowledge that could never be committed to your long-term memory becomes available.

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” — Charles Darwin.

Read, How You Can Increase Output While Decreasing Input.

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