I have no doubt this is true and happening.
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Is the Internet causing your mind to become more feeble? Can you no longer remember things as well as you used to?
Here is an interesting news report from ABC that claims that this is happening:
Internet Affecting People's Memory? | Video - ABC News
I have no doubt this is true and happening.
What was the question?
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliott
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
mostly since the cell phone started substituting for the address book I've trended toward less on board organic storage.
You plug 'em, I plant 'em
...kid can't read at 17 (Garcia/Hunter 1985)
Lack of preparation on your part does not necessarily constitute an emergency on mine
Theoretically, at some point in time, a chip can be implanted in our heads that will replace current computers. You will be able to instantly have all the answers by simply thinking of the question. Google will for the most part replace public education and colleges as we know it today. There will be some fringe liberal arts colleges that will teach people to think for themselves, but most people will be satisfied with just having an answer for everything without having to think about it all that much.
You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
"He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." - Leonardo da Vinci
Is the Internet Emptying Your Mind?
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"Historical examination of the right to bear arms, from English antecedents to the drafting of the Second Amendment, bears proof that the right to bear arms has consistently been, and should still be, construed as an individual right." -- U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings, Re: U.S. vs Emerson (1999)
I look at this from another viewpoint. Your brain can only remember so much data, and we tend to specialize in certain knowledge. Being able to offload knowledge to other people or technology allows us to get better at what we specialize in. For instance, in IT, I find people who remember all the answers to problems tend to be horrible at troubleshooting new problems and can't seem to search for new solutions. On the flip side, those that don't try to remember every detail tend to be rock stars on the day to day job and can adapt quickly by using tools like google to figure out the rest.
It used to be that we collected reference books to help us out, so the downside I see is that when we loose access to the Internet we are suddenly incapable of looking things up we have not committed to memory. That's why I believe that it's important to keep real printed books around to augment what you need to know when faced with an emergency and the power is out.
"Legitimate use of violence can only be that which is required in self-defense."
"Violence is seldom the answer, but when it is the answer it is the only answer".
"A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves".
I think that what the inet and texting and all of that does is make us lose people skills and be able to carry on conversations and socialisation skills that are person to person.
" Blessed is that man, who when facing death, thinks only of his front sight"
Maybe, maybe not. I know I've learned far more from the internet than I ever would have without the internet. As far as remembering smaller things, sure, we don't. But then again, as mentioned above, that may just be a side effect of specialization.
Take engineers for example. They don't know everything. A lot of what they do is research. That is ok. No human can retain all the information that our race as a whole generates.
In other words, this may not be so much of a "dumbing down" as simply a fundamental shift in the way we use our brains. I'm sure the ancients would bemoan that we no longer have a rich oral storytelling tradition. But we have other things they didn't have - drama, film, a huge variety of music, podcasts, youtube, etc.
And really, there shouldn't be shame in writing down simple things. When I park at the airport, I write down my spot on my hand or in a small pocket notebook I carry (I also carry a pen). Most people try to just remember it, but do not always succeed. I think it is partially a pride issue. That was me too. But you know what? Does it really matter? It's just a parking spot! Just write it down, and you don't even have to worry about remembering it. Simplify your thoughts