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Can Google Kill Neurons and Rewire Your Whole Brain?

A few colleagues and I just had an interesting exchange on the recent article at The Atlantic, Is Google Making Us Stupid?, which basically blamed Google for literally rewiring our brains into more stupid brains (not being able to pay attention, read deep books…) based on a number of personal anecdotes and a little research. Is Google Making Us Stupid

My 2 cents: this is a complex topic and we’d first need to clarify the question, before looking for answers to support or refute it. I found the Atlantic article superficial for a meaningful conversation, with its title and main premise making little sense: Google can not makes us stupid, in the same way that guns don’t make us violent or pens don’t make us good writers.

The author of the article complains about having less of a number of cognitive abilities than he once had. Now, what is the case to make Google the main suspect?
Before we judge something as “good” or “bad” or “stupid” we need to establish: Read the rest of this entry »

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