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March 3, 2009
Can Google Make You Smarter?
An article in Discover Magazine challenges claims that the increased use of search engines like Google can rob us of our ability to think and remember. There have also been claims that increased text messaging encourages illiteracy. Author Carl Zimmer disputes these theories, proposing instead that information technologies are making the world an extension of our minds.
The concept of an extended mind was brought to public attention in a 1998 article by philosophers Andy Clark and David Chalmers. They describe the mind as a system made up of the brain and parts of its environment. They argue that we all have minds that extend into our environment. If we subscribe to this extended mind theory, then today's mind-altering technologies can be seen as opening up a world of possibilities.
Posted by BlogAuthor1 at March 3, 2009 4:22 PM
category: Philosophy of Computing
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