Tom Gilson

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

By way of Challies.com:

The kind of deep reading that a sequence of printed pages promotes is valuable not just for the knowledge we acquire from the author’s words but for the intellectual vibrations those words set off within our own minds. In the quiet spaces opened up by the sustained, undistracted reading of a book, or by any other act of contemplation, for that matter, we make our own associations, draw our own inferences and analogies, foster our own ideas. Deep reading, as Maryanne Wolf argues, is indistinguishable from deep thinking.

If we lose those quiet spaces, or fill them up with “content,” we will sacrifice something important not only in our selves but in our culture.

[Link: Is Google Making Us Stupid?]

Let me know if you do actually read the article – or if you just skim it.

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  1. Yes, I did read the article, not skim it.  Found it fascinating, in that I had noticed the change in myself lately.  I started blogging in late March and have been reading less and less.  Used to be a voracious reader – though mostly fiction.  So, in my case at least, it has been for the better, as what I am reading online now is non-fiction (isn’t that better?) and Christian, for the most part, material and current events, cooking, etc.
    I feel more in touch with the Body of Christ worldwide and am communicating more than I ever did.  Also, I am not really writing more, it’s just online and so a form of communication, if not to very many people.    Also, various thoughts and concerns I have and had are, I find, shared by others and can be developed and questioned.
    For example, I had written a post a few weeks ago about hardwiring our minds and found a connection in that article referring to the plasticity of the human brain.  I found myself thinking of someone who would like to read the article and copied the link… so, overall it can be a good thing.  But, unlike the saying going around, it’s NOT all good.
     
     

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