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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Google and the Brain

Much this week about how Google and web may be changing the way the brain operates.   Here an article in Rough Type, with a good view of the debate, with an expected direction.  Probably discussed even in Gutenberg's day. Books as crippling crutches.  Nick Carr describes the research and writes:

" ... The researchers seem fairly sanguine about the results of their study. "We are becoming symbiotic with our computer tools," they conclude, "growing into interconnected systems that remember less by knowing information than by knowing where the information can be found." Although we don't yet understand the possible "disadvantages of being constantly 'wired,'" we have nevertheless "become dependent" on our gadgets. "We must remain plugged in to know what Google knows." But as memory shifts from the individual mind to the machine's shared database, what happens to that unique "cohesion" that is the self? ... "

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