Thursday, January 20, 2011
Intellectual technologies shape the way people think. Maps facilitate a very different way of thinking in terms of our location within space. Clocks enforce a way of thinking in terms of our position within time. Books train us to focus our attentions and give us a way to think about our relation to what has come before and what might yet come to be.
The Internet breaks down the boundaries of space, erodes the steady progression of discrete quanta of time by enabling us to work asynchronously, and it obliterates the capacity for focused attention by bombarding us with every distraction possible.
Definitely something to consider. The Big Think site is an excellent resource for stuff like this, and we encourage you to give it a whirl.