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Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better


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ISBN13: 9780143125822
ISBN10: 0143125826
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A revelatory and timely look at how technology boosts our cognitive abilities—making us smarter, more productive, and more creative than ever

Its undeniable—technology is changing the way we think. But is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, Clive Thompson delivers a resounding “yes.” In Smarter Than You Think, Thompson shows that every technological innovation—from the written word to the printing press to the telegraph—has provoked the very same anxieties that plague us today. We panic that life will never be the same, that our attentions are eroding, that culture is being trivialized. But, as in the past, we adapt—learning to use the new and retaining what is good of the old. Smarter Than You Think embraces and extols this transformation, presenting an exciting vision of the present and the future.

About the Author

Clive Thompson is a contributor for the New York Times Magazine and Wired. He also writes for Fast Company and appears regularly on many NPR programs, CNN, Fox News, and NY1, among other news outlets. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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LLeclerc, September 3, 2015 (view all comments by LLeclerc)
There is quite a bit of debate going on at the moment regarding whether or not the science-fiction-like digital technologies that now underpin almost every aspect of our modern world, such as the Internet and the Web, are ruining our brains and slowly turning us into sub-moronic imbeciles that are no longer capable of forming coherent thoughts, retaining useful information for more than a few seconds at a time, or even holding a conversation with another human being. Clive Thompson's new book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds For The Better, provides a multitude of positive counterpoints to this largely undeserved viewpoint. The book's main focus is on the cultural and societal impacts of technology, rather than the biological or neurological impacts. The book works hard to explain, through numerous anecdotes and examples, how many of our modern technologies are actually making us better in a whole variety of different ways. The book is reasonably well balanced, and in addition to presenting the many positives of our modern technologies, it also tries to see things from some less-positive perspectives. Thompson is most definitely a champion for our digital age, and I think it is both helpful and refreshing that someone has finally attempted to bring some degree of balance to what seems to be the overwhelmingly negative press that certain aspects of our modern world has recently attracted. The book is not perfect, being a little disorganized, rambling, and vague in places. The first half of the book is probably better than the second. Nevertheless, overall, it is an accessible, engaging, entertaining, hopeful, informative, relevant, and though-provoking book that will make you look at our digital-world in a far more positive light. I would particularly recommend this book to anyone interested in the chaotic interplay of technology and culture.
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Thompson, Clive
Penguin Books
General Social Science
Sociology - General
Science Reference-Technology
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Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 12
8.44 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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