The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Author: Nicholas Carr

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393079364

Category: Science

Page: 256

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Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction: “Nicholas Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind.”—Michael Agger, Slate “Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind”—from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer—Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience by such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways. Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic—a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence. He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention, promoting deep and creative thought. In stark contrast, the Internet encourages the rapid, distracted sampling of small bits of information from many sources. Its ethic is that of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of optimized production and consumption—and now the Net is remaking us in its own image. We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection. Part intellectual history, part popular science, and part cultural criticism, The Shallows sparkles with memorable vignettes—Friedrich Nietzsche wrestling with a typewriter, Sigmund Freud dissecting the brains of sea creatures, Nathaniel Hawthorne contemplating the thunderous approach of a steam locomotive—even as it plumbs profound questions about the state of our modern psyche. This is a book that will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.
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Summary of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

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Publisher: Abbey Beathan Publishing

ISBN: 1386459720

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The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr | Book Summary | Abbey Beathan (Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book.) Is Google Making Us Stupid? Learn what the digital era is doing to our brains. The internet is a wonderful thing, it has given so much to us and it's probably the greatest invention ever made. But does it have side-effects? The internet is so powerful that because we utilize its features so much (because it makes everything easier), it has taken away from us our ability to read and think deeply. Now we can get answers in a couple of clicks, we don't have to ponder how to resolve the problem. (Note: This summary is wholly written and published by Abbey Beathan. It is not affiliated with the original author in any way) "We want to be interrupted, because each interruption brings us a valuable piece of information. To turn off these alerts is to risk feeling out of touch, or even socially isolated." – Nicholas Carr Borrowing knowledge from different disciplines like neuroscience, philosophy and history, Nicholas Carr gives us a masterclass of this topic and manages to convey his message with a rich narrative. He explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways changing our whole style of thinking into a lazier one. This book will definitely change entirely your opinion about media and the human mind. P.S. The Shallows is an extremely informative book that explains the side-effects of the Internet. P.P.S. It was Albert Einstein who famously said that once you stop learning, you start dying. It was Bill Gates who said that he would want the ability to read faster if he could only have one superpower in this world. Abbey Beathan's mission is to bring across amazing golden nuggets in amazing books through our summaries. Our vision is to make reading non-fiction fun, dynamic and captivating. Ready To Be A Part Of Our Vision & Mission? Scroll Up Now and Click on the "Buy now with 1-Click" Button to Get Your Copy. Why Abbey Beathan's Summaries? How Can Abbey Beathan Serve You? Amazing Refresher if you've read the original book before Priceless Checklist in case you missed out any crucial lessons/details Perfect Choice if you're interested in the original book but never read it before Disclaimer Once Again: This book is meant for a great companionship of the original book or to simply get the gist of the original book. "One of the greatest and most powerful gift in life is the gift of knowledge. The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge" - Abbey Beathan
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The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr | Book Summary | Abbey Beathan (Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book.) Is Google Making Us Stupid? Learn what the digital era is doing to our brains. The internet is a wonderful thing, it has given so much to us and it's probably the greatest invention ever made. But does it have side-effects? The internet is so powerful that because we utilize its features so much (because it makes everything easier), it has taken away from us our ability to read and think deeply. Now we can get answers in a couple of clicks, we don't have to ponder how to resolve the problem. (Note: This summary is wholly written and published by Abbey Beathan. It is not affiliated with the original author in any way) "We want to be interrupted, because each interruption brings us a valuable piece of information. To turn off these alerts is to risk feeling out of touch, or even socially isolated." – Nicholas Carr Borrowing knowledge from different disciplines like neuroscience, philosophy and history, Nicholas Carr gives us a masterclass of this topic and manages to convey his message with a rich narrative. He explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways changing our whole style of thinking into a lazier one. This book will definitely change entirely your opinion about media and the human mind. P.S. The Shallows is an extremely informative book that explains the side-effects of the Internet. P.P.S. It was Albert Einstein who famously said that once you stop learning, you start dying. It was Bill Gates who said that he would want the ability to read faster if he could only have one superpower in this world. Abbey Beathan's mission is to bring across amazing golden nuggets in amazing books through our summaries. Our vision is to make reading non-fiction fun, dynamic and captivating. Ready To Be A Part Of Our Vision & Mission? Scroll Up Now and Click on the "Buy now with 1-Click" Button to Get Your Copy. Why Abbey Beathan's Summaries? How Can Abbey Beathan Serve You? Amazing Refresher if you've read the original book before Priceless Checklist in case you missed out any crucial lessons/details Perfect Choice if you're interested in the original book but never read it before Disclaimer Once Again: This book is meant for a great companionship of the original book or to simply get the gist of the original book. "One of the greatest and most powerful gift in life is the gift of knowledge. The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge" - Abbey Beathan
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The Shallows

How the internet is changing the way we think, read and remember

Author: Nicholas Carr

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848878834

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 300

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In this ground-breaking and compelling book, Nicholas Carr argues that not since Gutenberg invented printing has humanity been exposed to such a mind-altering technology. The Shallows draws on the latest research to show that the Net is literally re-wiring our brains inducing only superficial understanding. As a consequence there are profound changes in the way we live and communicate, remember and socialise - even in our very conception of ourselves. By moving from the depths of thought to the shallows of distraction, the web, it seems, is actually fostering ignorance. The Shallows is not a manifesto for luddites, nor does it seek to turn back the clock. Rather it is a revelatory reminder of how far the Internet has become enmeshed in our daily existence and is affecting the way we think. This landmark book compels us all to look anew at our dependence on this all-pervasive technology.
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The Glass Cage

Where Automation is Taking Us

Author: Nicholas Carr

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473511089

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

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In The Glass Cage, Pulitzer Prize nominee and bestselling author Nicholas Carr shows how the most important decisions of our lives are now being made by machines and the radical effect this is having on our ability to learn and solve problems. In May 2009 an Airbus A330 passenger jet equipped with the latest ‘glass cockpit’ controls plummeted 30,000 feet into the Atlantic. The reason for the crash: the autopilot had routinely switched itself off. In fact, automation is everywhere – from the thermostat in our homes and the GPS in our phones to the algorithms of High Frequency Trading and self-driving cars. We now use it to diagnose patients, educate children, evaluate criminal evidence and fight wars. But psychological studies show that we perform best when fully involved in a task, while the principle of automation – that humans are inefficient – is self-fulfilling. The glass cockpit is becoming a glass cage. In this utterly engrossing exposé, bestselling writer Nicholas Carr reveals how automation is affecting our ability to solve problems, forge memories and acquire skills. Rather than rejecting technology, Carr argues that we must urgently rethink its role in our lives, using it to enhance rather than diminish the extraordinary abilities that make us human.
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Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?

The Net's Impact on Our Minds and Future

Author: Mr. John Brockman

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062078551

Category: Science

Page: 448

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How is the internet changing the way you think? That is one of the dominant questions of our time, one which affects almost every aspect of our life and future. And it's exactly what John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to more than 150 of the world's most influential minds. Brilliant, farsighted, and fascinating, Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think? is an essential guide to the Net-based world.
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The Rise of Writing

Author: Deborah Brandt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107090318

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 206

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Drawing on real-life interviews, Brandt explores what happens when writing overtakes reading as the basis of people's daily literate experience.
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Creative Learning for the Information Age

How Classrooms Can Better Prepare Students

Author: Lyn Lesch

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1610489462

Category: Education

Page: 128

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Creative Learning for the Information Age: How Classrooms Can Better Prepare Students, second edition examines how students in their formative years can learn in a more creative manner and can become successful in an age in which knowledge travels so rapidly and is transformed so quickly.
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