As powerful and dynamic as it is, our brain has its shortcomings. Among these shortcomings include that it is disorganized and forgetful. Studies have even shown our memory is not a very reliable source of accurate information. But what if we already have a tool at our disposal which helps us to overcome these limitations and function on a more efficient level? What are we doing with this infinite wealth of human knowledge at our fingertips?
Different from a desktop, the laptop has its obvious perks. But perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the laptop is its similarity to the human psyche. We focus on the laptop as opposed to the desktop computer due to its portability like the human mind. In fact, depending upon how dependent you are upon your laptop, everything you do may be filtered through this device of modern technology. When viewed from this perspective a new world of possibilities opens up to us. Our laptop can literally be considered an extension of ourselves. But we should be aware of the inherent risks involved.
Psychology has referenced the concept of a mental palace utilized by those capable of extraordinary visual mental acuity. Entire ornate rooms existing only in the mind’s eye hold libraries of books and may even be populated by famous people. The laptop can be used as a means to develop our own mental palaces. From here, we access the wealth of human knowledge to our bidding. But be mindful. What we store in our mental palace says a lot about who we are.
One popular story weaves a tale of a deeply disturbed individual who builds an entire world within his own mind as becomes trapped within it unable to discern reality from fantasy. In our age of modern technology this is not entirely fiction. We breech this threshold depending upon the amount of time we spend gazing into a screen as opposed to our interaction with the real world around us. We should keep in mind that our computers are there to enrich our life, not to encompass it.
What we may not have realized is that our computers have created a virtual mental ability that great thinkers have utilized long before the invention of the computer. Imagine what Leonardo da Vinci or Galileo could have done with a laptop and the Internet. Now image what you spend your time doing online in comparison.