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Smarter than you think : how technology is changing our minds for the better / Clive Thompson.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9781594204456 (hardcover) :
  • ISBN: 1594204454 (hardcover) :
  • Description: 341 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2013.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-327) and index.
Contents Note: The rise of the centaurs -- We, the memorious -- Public thinking -- The new literacies -- The art of finding -- The puzzle-hungry world -- Digital school -- Ambient awareness -- The connected society.
Summary: It's undeniable; technology is changing the way we think. But is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, the author delivers a resounding "yes." The Internet age has produced a radical new style of human intelligence, worthy of both celebration and analysis. We learn more and retain it longer, write and think with global audiences, and even gain an ESP-like awareness of the world around us. Modern technology is making us smarter, better connected, and often deeper, both as individuals and as a society. In this book the author shows that every technological innovation, from the written word to the printing press to the telegraph, has provoked the very same anxieties that plague us today. We panic that life will never be the same, that our attentions are eroding, that culture is being trivialized. But as in the past, we adapt, learning to use the new and retaining what's good of the old. Here the author introduces us to a cast of extraordinary characters who augment their minds in inventive ways. There's the seventy-six-year old millionaire who digitally records his every waking moment-giving him instant recall of the events and ideas of his life, even going back decades. There's a group of courageous Chinese students who mounted an online movement that shut down a $1.6 billion toxic copper plant. There are experts and there are amateurs, including a global set of gamers who took a puzzle that had baffled HIV scientists for a decade, and solved it collaboratively in only one month. But this book isn't just about pioneers. It's about everyday users of technology and how our digital tools, from Google to Twitter to Facebook and smartphones, are giving us new ways to learn, talk, and share our ideas. The author harnesses the latest discoveries in social science to explore how digital technology taps into our long-standing habits of mind, pushing them in powerful new directions. Our thinking will continue to evolve as newer tools enter our lives. This book embraces and extols this transformation, presenting an exciting vision of the present and the future. -- Provided by publisher.

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