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Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?

December 2, 2014 | John P. | Comments (0)

Is the internet changing the way you think

Is the Internet changing the way you think?: the net's impact on our minds and future / John Brockman (ed.) et al., 2011. Book.

Also available in eBook (Access Online) format.

Does the title of this blog post intrigue you? If the answer is yes, then you might want to consider reading Is the Internet changing the way you think?: the net's impact on our minds and future (2011) edited by John Brockman, the editor and publisher of Edge.org . Each year, Edge.org poses a question to be answered by a group of great thinkers from a variety of backgrounds. In 2010, the website posed the question "How is the Internet changing the way YOU think?". Consequently, the book is the end result with 172 collected responses from a variety of individuals, including:

Steven Pinker (discussing the adaptation of the human mind to new technologies); Richard Dawkins (ruminating on the implications of infinite information); Nicholas Carr, the author of The shallows: what the Internet is doing to our brains, discussing the future prospects of deep thought; Former Google Vice-President and current Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer (emphasizing what one can find out using the Internet rather than what one already knows); Artist Fred Tomaselli (on the Internet serving as another medium for cutting and pasting ideas, images and information in addition to doing research at bookstores and libraries); NYU-Poly Distinguished Risk Engineering Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the debasement of precise knowledge and predictability; and, June Cohen, Media Director, TED Conference, on the rise of social media on the internet as a reprise to tribal cultures and oral traditions.

 

Christine Rosen reviewed the book in the Wall Street Journal and noted that many of the essayists looked at past history and use of technology but asked whether humankind had learned from the past. Nathan Seppa reviewed the book in Science News and praised Brockman for taking on “an ambitious undertaking” with the resulting “witty treatment from a diverse crowd.”

Reserve your copy of Is the Internet changing the way you think?: the net's impact on our minds and future from the Toronto Public Library by placing a hold.

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