I don’t know about you, but I find the internet exhausting sometimes. Last week I was in rural New England and out of range for four days, and I felt a sense of rest and peace settle over me that I haven’t felt in a while – not that I think the Internet is a bad thing, but keeping up with it can be a full-time job.
Are you tired?
Then take a break and read this piece from the High Calling:
Today, thanks to algorithms, super computers, and the proliferation of personal computers and devices, you can find information on nearly any subject from anywhere. It’s not comprehensive, and it’s certainly not always accurate, but having that kind of access to information makes us feel smart.
But all of this access to knowledge really hasn’t made society any smarter. We’re still blundering down the same paths of destruction. The mere ability to call up information does little to showcase human intelligence. We still make the same mistakes. And an over-reliance on instant information short-circuits the brain’s cognitive and reasoning power. This can’t be good for the human race.