Informative Review of Three Recent Books About the Brain

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The brain is getting plenty of attention these days. Based on scientific study of the brain, all sorts of people are weighing in on how the brain thinks and the implications for individuals, relationships, and culture. If you’re not a specialist, and if you don’t have time to read extensively in the “brain” literature, it’s [Read More...]

You and Your Cell Phone: Is it Addiction . . . or Love?

According to Martin Lindstrom, you are in love . . . with your phone. That’s what he argues in a New York Times op-ed piece entitled, “You Love Your iPhone. Literally.” Apologies to those who have fallen for their Droids and EVOs. Lindstrom, an author and cultural commentator, asks if we should “really characterize the [Read More...]

Fascinating, Scary Article on Computer-Generated Writing

Steve Lohr’s recent column in the New York Times is called: “In Case You Wondered, a Real Human Wrote This Column.” A real human as opposed, not to a zombie, but a computer. The article begins: “WISCONSIN appears to be in the driver’s seat en route to a win, as it leads 51-10 after the [Read More...]

Reading Books Electronically: Some Unexpected Implications

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Among discussions of the rise of the e-book, I have found relatively little that considers how the very act of reading in this mode might change the way we read and think. Lev Grossman, writing for the New York Times, offers an intriguing perspective on this matter in his recent article, “From Scroll to Screen.” [Read More...]


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