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Actually, that’s not how computers work. While it is true that loading up a lot of programs will slow down the computer, it won’t start making errors because of that, and it (a modern computer, at least) certainly won’t eventually freeze: faced with the exhaustion of its resources, modern computer will close less important tasks to free resources for the more important ones.

The better metaphor involving computers might be that, just how computers start giving higher priority to important tasks and eventually closing down other applications if it reaches its hardware limits, people get so much consumed with the perceived highest priority issues that they simply forget thinking about other issues that do not seem to give immediate answer.

Human brain is not limitless, and given enough workload, it would do exactly that: prioritize the tasks it perceives as most important at the expense of what the brain perceives as less important tasks.

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