The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Nicholas Carr

Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize regularly Nonfiction: “Nicholas Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind.”―Michael Agger, Slate

“Is Google making us stupid?” whilst Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly conceal tale, he tapped right into a good of hysteria approximately how the net is altering us. He additionally crystallized some of the most very important debates of our time: As we benefit from the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our skill to learn and imagine deeply?

Now, Carr expands his argument into the main compelling exploration of the Internet’s highbrow and cultural results but released. As he describes how human notion has been formed during the centuries via “tools of the mind”―from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer―Carr interweaves a desirable account of contemporary discoveries in neuroscience via such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel. Our brains, the historic and clinical proof finds, switch in accordance with our reports. The applied sciences we use to discover, shop, and percentage details can actually reroute our neural pathways.

development at the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a powerful case that each info expertise includes an highbrow ethic―a set of assumptions concerning the nature of information and intelligence. He explains how the broadcast booklet served to concentration our cognizance, selling deep and artistic concept. In stark distinction, the web encourages the fast, distracted sampling of small bits of knowledge from many resources. Its ethic is that of the industrialist, an ethic of pace and potency, of optimized creation and consumption―and now the web is remaking us in its personal photo. we're changing into ever more proficient at scanning and perusing, yet what we're wasting is our skill for focus, contemplation, and reflection.

half highbrow background, half renowned technological know-how, and half cultural feedback, The Shallows flickers with memorable vignettes―Friedrich Nietzsche wrestling with a typewriter, Sigmund Freud dissecting the brains of sea creatures, Nathaniel Hawthorne considering the thunderous strategy of a steam locomotive―even because it plumbs profound questions about the kingdom of our smooth psyche. this can be a e-book that might endlessly modify the way in which we expect approximately media and our minds.

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