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This review is from: iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind (Paperback)
purchased the book after reading an intro on "SciAm Mind", having found the premise to agree with my own opinions of the changes in brain development that must be taking place. I was looking forward to a thought provoking read backed by scientific fact. Finished the first 20% in the past hour and wonder if it is worth continuing.
I was expecting more in depth scientific data/studies to be presented. So far, a short reference to an FMRI study on brain activation while doing a google search contrasting the computer savvy and computer ignorant. Big surprise, there is a difference which eventually diminishes as the ignorant learns. Has nothing to do with a fundamental change in our brain development due to digital input/interaction, My first thought was "It is just learning". I would postulate a similar study conducted of a person learning to drive a car, bounce a basketball, learning to walk would produce similar results. Yes I know you can not drive a car in an MRI machine.
I had issues when presented with a few high level paragraphs talking about Natural Selection and Evolution leading into an equating of thought process change due to digital input as Evolution. What kind of scientific conclusion is that? Will the neurology of the next generation born be fundamentally different to what has gone before? Are genetic modifications occurring? Another point - The gap between the "Digital Immigrants" and "Digital Natives" (really good terms by the way), will be gone in one generation. Sorry, assumes that the current state of digital communication is at the pinnacle. My yet to be born grandchildren will laugh at the experience of my children (natives) just as my children laugh at me now.
I was interested in the supposition that personal interaction decreased as digital interaction increased, but found not facts to back up the statement. I wonder about how the abbreviation of language might affect future communications, I worry that the quantity of communication has lowered the quality of communication (someone could post a direct communique from God with the true meaning of life on facebook right now and perhaps get a dozen "I like it"' replies in between 2 dozen farmville fruits for sale). On and on.. the topic is deserving of more research and perhaps this book will lead to more work in the field.
I really was hoping to be challenged and enlightened by this book. I am not. Perhaps I am not the intended audience.