Has the Smartphone Robbed Us of Great Memories?- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

imageI just finished reading an article in The Rotarian October 2014 issue entitled ” Photographic Memory” by Frank Bures. Mr. Bures states that with the advent of the smart phone we are all taking a lot more photographs than our parents did. The numbers are staggering! Daily we posted 60 million to Instagram, 350 million to Facebook, and 400 million added to Snapchat! One 2012 estimate put the number at 1.4 billion every day! Some researchers think that actually we are experiencing “divided attention” and loosing a lot of detail from our experiences. Some feel that we are experiencing “directed forgetting”. On the other hand some feel that we are experiencing “distributed cognition”. They feel the smartphone allows us to distribute our cognition and actually expand our memories through expanded digital memory and thereby increase our intelligence. Regardless of which side of the argument you are on the following advice as it relates to our photography seems prudent.
. Take fewer photos and be more deliberate about the ones we do take.
. Layer meaning into our memories by writing about them.
. Reflect on our photos
. Share our photos.
. Focus on the experience itself.
. Supplement. Let your photographs serve as cues to key aspects of the experience.
. Let photographs be “signs that point down the path to our memories!


Lord Comfort our Hearts- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

imageMatthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

Rest in peace son. We will miss you.


image“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” ~ Maya Angelou

Be Careful of Your Thoughts Today- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny – it is the light that guides your way.”

Watch your thought life today. Today with purpose think of only those things that you would be proud to see the light of imageday! You are what you think about all day long. Think on things that are lovely and pure! Set your mind on things that are above and not below. You alone are the “gate keeper” to  your soul. Guard your eye, mouth, and ear gates with all diligence!