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  • MedRookie

    March 27, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Thank you for the tag [USER=45]Plasmin[/USER], the links above are a great read.

    First off (this probably goes against me and supports what one of the articles suggests lol), I’ve lost the thought that led me to comment so in the other thread. In all honesty, it wasn’t meant to degrade peoples intelligence (sincerest apologies if it comes across so).

    As for whether technology and Google make us smarter or not depends on how we use or abuse them. In either case, they have transformed the way we think, hopefully for the better, by developing some of our cognitive skills at the expense of others. But through it all, the appreciation for self-thinking, retaining information in long-term memory and patience has been lost. And it makes one wonder, why would we want to trust Google as an external brain to store long-term knowledge and not our internal brains? Wouldn’t the extra knowledge within our brains facilitate our critical thinking?

    Even so, I wouldn’t say technology (or Google) makes us stupid. It exposes us to a lot more information which challenges our brains to acclimate to the pace of the internet and technological advances. So, I think the debate shouldn’t be on how technology (or Google) affects our intellectual capabilities, but rather how our brains function alongside or hand-in-hand with technology and if we should be or already are ready to embrace this.

    Plasmin, post: 386, member: 0 wrote:
    Of course Google/the internet will never replace learning and studying but it helps a lot !

    Plus, without the internet, we wouldn’t be able to exchange information and have this discussion ;)

    True. :) The internet is a marvelous invention which has made me knowledgeable about a lot of things and has played a huge role in shaping me as a person, and helped me meet like minded people and make great friends from all over the world. It’s convenient and efficient and I couldn’t ask for anything better.