Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Has Google Gotcha?

Yesterday I hammered the technology demon. I was going to go off on PowerPoint, a lazy way of teaching, but I thought, “What’s the ….”…ok, you get the idea.

Then, an article about Google in The Week magazine (THE best magazine to keep you abreast of what’s going on in the world) jumped out at me.

Some researchers are saying the use of Google is changing how we think. They worry that it’s making human memory obsolete. Student subjects quickly forgot info they had just entered into the computer believing they could retrieve it whenever desired.

The gist of it is that the Web is great for small bits of information, 2 minute learning, but for deeper learning you still have to go with books. That’s good to know.

Socrates, in 370 B.C., believed that writing was making people dumber. He believed writing transmitted the mere “appearance of wisdom.”

It’s all about tools and knowing they exist and using them.

Google and other search engines don’t provide everything we’ll ever want to know. But, do they make us smarter? Probably. And faster, yes.

Do me a favor. Google ted.com and watch just one of the short videos from the Ted conference (smartest people in the world explaining what they do in less than 18 minutes).

Now, don’t you feel smarter?

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