The problem of Intellectual Cruft

I have some inaccurate information in my head that just won't go away. Now I've given it a name:
Intellectual Cruft: A persistent and undesirable encrustation of wrong-headed notions lodged in one's brain that even when identified as false, continue to beleaguer or obscure the higher truth to which they are attached. 
Perhaps an example will help. I don't for a minute believe that there was a hoax surrounding our landing on the moon, but somehow I always have these vague thoughts about O. J. Simpson and some bad television movie running through my head when someone brings up the topic of the moon landing.  Yikes!  Make it stop! Where can I get a bulk brain eraser for not very useful ideas?

About Phil Yanov

Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.