mdy"People—smart, kind, thoughtful people—thought that comment boards and open discussion would heal us, would make sexism and racism negligible andSee more tear down walls of class. We were certain that more communication would make everything better. Arrogantly, we ignored history and learned a lesson that has been in the curriculum since the Tower of Babel, or rather, we made everyone else learn it. We thought we were amplifying individuals in all their wonder and forgot about the cruelty, or at least assumed that good product design could wash that away. We were so hopeful, and we shaved the sides of our heads, and we never expected to take over the world."
Chantelle OliverJehu I completely agree. I am gen-x but have always preferred digital. I read so much more so much more often than I ever did before the internet. AllSee more everyone does is read. I spent a decade in university reading fast because I had to and I can read very quickly and get everything. I think this skim perhaps applies to people who are not fully literate in the digital realm and just need to work on their reading skills.
JehuIn many ways, that is exactly my case, Chantelle, but something tells me that the 'skimming' that the article is hinting at is a sort of seeminglySee more undesirable "shallowness" that seems inherent to this immaterial medium (the screen). In many ways, a physical book implied a tangible transaction, a formal commitment in space and time and mindset to a specific kind of object whose "affordances" in many ways imposed certain interactions/modes of consumption: you needed to mechanically search, to place a separator, to feel the weight, to smell its pages, context switching was costly, etc.
The screen makes all of these operations trivial, and enables many others practically impossible in a material object; but it is also true that the potential ability to do this usually creates in us the illusion that we are exhausting the possibilities of the content much in the same way that people feel "smarter" simply because they are a Google search away from knowing virtually anything.
I believe the superficial consumption of the text reflects, at least partially, the modern demand for immediate gratification and the implicit expectation that insights should emerge out of the medium and be somehow exhausted by the multiple consumption modes/viewpoints enabled by the technology as they enter our brain.
It is the dialogue with the ideas that matters, and conversations, specially the good ones, happen at their own pace and, often times, rather slowly.
Glyn BrittonAmazing book-length post on why Elon Musk 's new company Neuralink is trying to build a 'wizards hat' full brain-machine interface. It'See more;s an absolute must read, really mind expanding. It covers some very fascinating but complex ideas but in a very accesible way.
"Computers can compute and organize and run complex software—software that can even learn on its own. But they can’t think in the way humans can. The Human Colossus... knows that the ultimate brain extension tool would be one that can really, actually, legitimately think." "The thing that people, I think, don’t appreciate right now is that they are already a cyborg." "You can ask a question via Google and get an answer instantly." "The thing that would change is the interface—having a high-bandwidth interface to your digital enhancements.." "it... makes sense to upgrade ourselves from primitive, low-bandwidth cyborgs to modern, high-bandwidth cyborgs."
Pro-tip: I read this in Refind's reader view, so I didn't have to look at what sounds like some pretty gory images and videos of brains.
ChadOutstanding tutorial on Spaced Repetition. Nicky Case masterfully blends simple explanation (via a comic) with practical application and provides the reader with the tools and resources needed to implement this daily routine in your life.