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There's a second important point: "sound processing overload". It occurred to me that perhaps our senses were never intended to process such a large amount of "information filled" sound every hour of every day. What I mean is that since childhood, we've been exposed to radio, television, telephone, music along with the sounds of our industrial world; all sounds which command our attention.

How often do any of us have a 'quiet moment', away from all that? Hardly ever. We are constantly interrupted by 'information dense' sounds.>

FastMike, you have put your finger on an important (though separate) issue.

The issue you are highlighting is multitasking.

Studies of the phenomenon of cognitive load in multimedia learning extensively have concluded that it is difficult, and possibly impossible to learn new information while engaging in multitasking. ...Students who engaged in more multitasking reported more problems with their academic work.

The Cognitive Costs of Multitasking

By Kendra Cherry

Multitasking can reduce productivity by approximately 40-percent according to some researchers.

Switching from one task to another makes it difficult to tune out distractions and can cause mental blocks that can slow down your progress....
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Personally, I can't listen to music while I am "in the flow" of solving a scientific or math problem because the music distracts me. Similarly, I can't listen to news podcasts while I'm cooking several meals at once (which I do on Friday in preparation for Shabbos).

I think it's not a coincidence that the founders of more than one religion found their inspiration while isolated in the wilderness, which enabled intense introspection.

"Information dense sounds," as you aptly call them, are distracting. The human brain circuits that process conscious thought cannot handle more than one thought at a time. A person multitasks by switching from one task to another, not by running both at once. The interruptions reduce effectiveness.

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