Because the information doesn’t come to us with directions about how to use it. Here’s how much information is coming at us:

From the lips of Star Trek robot Data, trying to teach his cat not to jump up on things, we learn how that’ll all work out:

Lt. Jenna D’Sora: [reminiscing about the past] Those times were really special… I wish we were back there now, you and I.

Lt. Cmdr. Data: The unidirectional nature of the time continuum makes that an unlikely possibility.

Lt. Jenna D’Sora: [nonplussed, then laughs] That’s what I love about you, Data. You make me laugh.


Denyse O’Leary is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger.

Denyse O’Leary is an author, journalist, and blogger who has mainly written popular science and social science. Fellow Canadian Marshall McLuhan’s description of electronic media as a global village...