The human animal of today probably sees more faces by his or her first birthday than the average caveman saw in their entire lifetime. We hear more sounds, more voices. We think more thoughts. We touch a wider variety of objects and textures. Is our hardware up to the task of sorting through all that experience?
A caveman might have gone his entire life without contemplating a right angle or a kilometer per hour or an octave or a network. He may very well never have spoken a word. But today, it is imaginable that even the most well-ordered and powerful mind might be overwhelmed by the staggering amount of information that we are collectively aware of. What might that overwhelmed state look like? How might we identify these overwhelmed individuals and how might we help them?