Minds like sieves looks at some new research on how the human brain is adjusting to the common availability of information (mostly on the world wide web). It suggests we are remembering less actual information and more about how to find information. This may or may not be a problem: the jury is out at present (distributed non-self knowledge stores have existed for a while in the form of friends and books for example).

This exact thing happened to Wiffy and myself. We remembered that a few months ago we had booked really nice places for our upcoming holiday in Bali, and that we had done lots of research to check they would be nice and in nice places. We couldn’t for the life of us remember what or where they were and had to look up our reservations to check. Bing.