January 27, 2017
Here is an excellent book to have in your reading bucket list. “Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?: The Net’s Impact on Our Minds and Future” is a compilation of essays written by different scholars, scientists, and thinkers in answer to 2010 Edge Question of the year : “How is the Internet changing the way you think?”.
In response to Edge’s question, more than 150 contributors, scientists, artists, and creative thinkers explore what it means to think in the new age of the internet. You will be introduced to diversified learning experiences and will get to explore multiple perspectives on what it means to think in a digitally-focused world. Here are an interesting excerpt we selected for you from Carr’s contribution. Nicholar Carr is a renowned cultural and Internet critic who wrote the classic book : The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains . In this excerpt , Carr reflects on the transformative impact of technology on our minds:
My own reading and thinking habits have shifted dramatically since I first logged on to the Web fifteen years ago or so. I now do the bulk of my reading and researching online. And my brain has changed as a result. Even as I’ve become more adept at navigating the rapids of the Net, I have experienced a steady decay in my ability to sustain my attention. As I explained in the Atlantic in 2008, “What the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles.”* Knowing that the depth of our thought is tied directly to the intensity of our attentiveness, it’s hard not to conclude that as we adapt to the intellectual environment of the Net our thinking becomes shallower. ( From The Bookless Library).