Your Brain is not Replaceable

It’s time to stop deeming it nonessential

I’m never going to replace my brain with a phone, so why am I trying? Why do I consistently act as if my brain is a piece of hardware that I don’t need, an old computer I can let sit?

We’re constantly searching Google or the internet, finding an obscure fact or the name of this actor or that actress or the height of Mt. Everest, and four or five days later we can’t remember what we researched. And so we research again.

We’ve replaced much of our brain that would have, thirty years ago, read information and retained it for later, with an external source.

We have begun to outsource our brains in exchange for instant searches. Our phones are our personal external hard drives.

Everything we need to know is online, and our brains don’t think twice about forgetting something that we have just learned. The information and the process lacks value.

As I have stated before, things easily obtained have little to no worth. If information has little to no worth, then what is the point of retaining that information? We allow our brains to get used to not retaining information, which in turn affects our memory and our minds.

I know that I’ve begun to use my phone for research less and less, focusing more on retaining information and remembering it later. Slowly, I’m forgetting that I have immediate access to all the knowledge in the world. Bit by bit, day by day, I’m taking back my brain.


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