Today's summary is about a paper written by Nabil H. Mustafa.
In the current environment, everyone wants to be smart, or at any rate, appear smart.
This severely interferes with learning, naturally: students who consider being smart important become more conservative in the length and hardness of problems they attempt, which is a reasonable risk-averse way of preserving their image.
Procrastination kicks in, and soon the student is busy with a diverse set of academic (but non-research!) activities to hide the reality of not working, like writing complicated scripts to automate their soon-to-be-coming publication phase, optimizing their daily vitamin B12 intake, getting heavily involved with political and religious movements and so on.
The brain is ultimately just a muscle. Make it stronger by working it out.