Is Google making us stupid?

November 15, 2008

Notwithstanding the alarmist and ultimately misguided title, there's some truth to what Nick is saying in the article, namely that our ability to deep-think is partly a function of our need to deep-think, and in light of the Internet doing a lot of that thinking for us, we're losing our ability to call on that skill. In fact, I think a lot of the people who linked to this article were perpetuators of the very problem the article highlights: they skimmed the title and came to an automatic conclusion, without even attempting to digest the content.

I hate to say it, but Nick really has just scratched the surface here; I think the issue is bigger than most people realize. Sure, my perspective may be a bit biased in that I'm certainly a crazy edge-case for which this situation hits very close to home, but, and as I've said for years, my "edge-caseness" will increasingly become the norm.

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