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  • MedRookie

    March 27, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you all for your answers!

    rosequartz, post: 388, member: 0 wrote:
    In all honesty, it wasn’t meant to degrade peoples intelligence (sincerest apologies if it comes across so)

    Oh, don’t worry! I know you didn’t mean to degrade people’s intelligence. It’s just that I found your comment really interesting, it made me think of starting this discussion that’s why I quoted you. :)

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

    You’re right! Maybe we need more time to acclimate to the technological advances. It’s just too fast, everyday there’s something new.

    I think it’s easier for young people: a 3 year old is now used to playing on ipads. They learn really fast (sometimes without any help) how to use it, while some older people (my grandparents for example) are still surprised by everything humans managed to invent and struggle with touch screens.

    Feline, post: 389, member: 0 wrote:
    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’m not sure that we can memorize everything.
    Through history we used many tools that had a strong impact on our cognitive capacities (especially memory): writing, books … Aren’t books another “external brains” we use to stock memories? Maybe this means that we can’t know everything and that’s why we are always developing ways to store information?

    But I don’t have enough evidence to say if we can or cannot, so I’m wondering: “do we NEED to memorize everything?”
    As MedEdGuru said:

    MedEdGuru, post: 387, member: 70 wrote:
    I think we aren’t practicing/stretching our memory so that’s why in today’s world it is harder to remember things than back then. Back then, our lives depended on it

    That made me think, do we need to “stretch ourselves to our limits.” ? Do we need something if our life doesn’t depend on it anymore?
    I’m not sure, I’ll say yes just because I’m really curious to see how far we can go, but that is probably easier said than done. ;)

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

    [USER=63]rosequartz[/USER] I couldn’t have said it better myself! :)