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Information and details Wed, May 06, 2009
I realized two things about myself recently.  One is that I like information up front, details later.  This post talks about that.  I guess I've been trained my whole life to collect information and either store it or act on it in some way, so when information comes with unnecessary details and too much stuff up front, I get overloaded and I tune out.  It's not that I don't care about the details, it's just that I want the point of the story up front so I know what to do with the details. 

The second thing is similar but slightly different:  I don't care about the big picture; I focus on tasks.  When I receive information, if I can't use it or do something about it, I generally don't care about it and promptly forget it.  When there's news that some insurance company is being bailed out by the government, I don't really care because I can't do anything about it.  But when I hear news that there's a pandemic being spread via human-to-rabbit contact, it's at least somewhat important to me because I can do something about it. #psychology

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