Is Google making us stupid? Nicholas Carr author of The Shallows

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program: 
The Digital Divide
program date: 
Fri, 11/12/2010

Is Google making us stupid? When Nicholas Carr posed that question in a celebrated Atlantic essay, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?

Now Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind” — from the alphabet, to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer — Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience by such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways.

Dave DeAngelis interviews Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, What the Internet is doing to our brains.

  • Length: 23:28 minutes (16.11 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

 

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