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  • MedRookie

    March 27, 2015 at 7:47 am
    Plasmin, post: 386, member: 0 wrote:
    Here’s my opinion:

    The brain is not a static organ and keeps modifying according to the changes in the environment… It creates new connections and pathways to adapt (cf. Brain plasticity). Today we have made a lot of discoveries, so no one can memorize everything. It’s therefore important to know where and how to find information quickly and efficiently.

    When we don’t have to memorize every little detail, we can use the parts of our brain to learn new things and improve other abilities. The internet becomes a new external “brain” where we stock all the information and access it whenever we want/need to. Google is a great tool for that.

    The important thing is not to become completely dependent and to be able to function normally if there’s a problem or the internet/laptop/… are temporary inaccessible.

    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 ;)

    I think google can make us smarter, what do you think?

    Here’s mine:

    I agree that nowadays we have made a lot of discoveries. But, I don’t agree with, “so no one can memorize everything.” We can if we want to. We just don’t. The only thing that limits us to not being able to store everything in our minds is the variable of time.

    We can memorize everything in addition to learning new things and improving different abilities. Our brains are very advanced. The only problem is, we don’t stretch ourselves to our limits.

    I think Google is a sort of blessing. You can use it to quickly brush up on facts you know.
    Whenever an idea pops into my head, I can search it on Google to find out what others think about the same thing or if someone has ever gotten the same idea as me. Also, after getting information off Google I can build up my ideas on said info.

    Your right. This discussion wouldn’t have existed without the internet. ^_^

    rosequartz, post: 388, member: 0 wrote:
    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.

    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.

    The very thing I’m trying to say.