Cognitive Entanglement

“How the Internet gets inside us”

by Adam Gopnik,  Feb 2011

Adam Gopnik writes a wonderfully smart and inspiring article, more than worth to be passed on to young readers with a discerning mind. Please read the whole article here. A passage we found particularly intriguing was this one:

” … We may not act better than we used to, but we sure think differently than we did.

Cognitive entanglement, after all, is the rule of life. My memories and my wife’s intermingle. When I can’t recall a name or a date, I don’t look it up; I just ask her. Our machines, in this way, become our substitute spouses and plug-in companions. Jerry Seinfeld said that the public library was everyone’s pathetic friend, giving up its books at a casual request and asking you only to please return them in a month or so. Google is really the world’s Thurber wife: smiling patiently and smugly as she explains what the difference is between eulogy and elegy and what the best route is to that little diner outside Hackensack. The new age is one in which we have a know-it-all spouse at our fingertips.  … ”

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