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The Age of the Infovore: Succeeding in the Information Economy Paperback – Bargain Price, June 29, 2010
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"Tyler Cowen has written one of the most stimulating defenses of Internet information culture."
"A tour de force."
-Robert H. Frank, author of "The Economic Naturalist"
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The central cognitive dimension that Cowen examines is the drive to create order that characterises many neurodiverse people. This drive allows such individuals to focus on a single arena of the world, and to bring a depth and scope of understanding to that arena that neurotypical people find very difficult. Sometimes the focus seems out of step with the larger society, and sometimes it seems prescient. In any event, it is driven by the internal experience of the person, and the activity brings great meaning to that person, and can do so to others (see how much of our entertainment focuses on collections).
I know in my heart what Tyler Cowen means.
I learned to read at the age of four and got my library card at the age of 6. From that first discovery of an infinite world of knowledge, I relentlessly tried to learn everything. I read whenever I wasn't asleep, and when I wouldn't be punished for it. I read everything regardless of topic. I often carried 2 or 3 books with me as I moved through my world. I won an award at a Catholic elementary school for a poem I wrote that praised science as the ultimate source of knowledge.
I was hooked.Read more ›
Reviewed By David M. Kinchen
A few years ago, relates Tyler Cowen, author of "The Age of the Infovore: Succeeding in the Information Economy" (Plume Books, an imprint of Penguin Books, 259 pages, index, notes, bibliography, $16.00), a woman named Kathleen Fasanella asked the author if he was an Asperger's Disorder person or a high-functioning autistic.
He relates the anecdote in his quality paperback book, a work that stretched my thinking like the best books of the late, great Neil Postman (1931-2003, especially "Amusing Ourselves to Death" and "The End of Education.")
Fasanella, a devoted reader of Cowen's website, [...], described herself as an "Aspie," the current shorthand for people with Asperger's Disorder, Cowen said. At first he was shocked to be so described, but he writes that in the years since receiving the e-mail he's become comfortable with autism, "and indeed proud of it, but it's not a thought I was ready for at the time."
In the six or seven years since he received Fasanella's e-mail, the world has been transformed into a universe of information, overwhelming many of us, but not autistics, Cowen writes: "Autistics are the true infovores, as I will call them. They have the tendency to impose additional structure on information by the acts of arranging, organizing, classifying, collecting, memorizing, categorizing, and listing."
He posits that many of the geniuses of the past and present have had more than a touch of autism, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. Both Doyle and his famous fictional detective exhibited the traits of someone with autism, albeit the high-functioning kind like that of Temple Grandin.Read more ›
So a brief review of both:
This is a counter-argument to the raft of recent books published that lament the loss of deep thinking that is caused by being able to google everything and be constantly inundated with data. (the shallows, etc) I've noticed this change in myself over the years, how I read many times more information than I ever did but it's in smaller digital snippets. That I do still read books but that is no longer the majority of my information consumption and furthermore I have much less patience to finish books. On the surface, many people would just assume this is a bad thing and means I'm not as deep or critical of a thinker as I used to be. Cowen argues otherwise.
Remember how in grade school we were taught to read every boring word of the entire textbook chapter and felt guilty or were reprimanded if we didn't? Remember how we were taught that it was bad to mark up (interact with) our textbooks? We also learned that you are supposed to read the book cover to cover. I STILL have a hard time feeling guilty about not finishing books that start to become a waste of my increasing scarce attention.Read more ›
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Tyler is a good writer. His style is clear and easy-going, even when dealing with some complicated theories. Read more
This book really changed my viewpoint just as the hype for it suggests. I won't repeat what's in a number of other positive reviews, but I will say that I found it to be one of my... Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Arrowcatcher
One of the more interesting parts of the modern world and status structure is the recent elevation to not only commercial but also cultural triumph of a subset of (usually) male... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Adrian Boland
There is no link between the name of the book and the content of it.
All the book is about how autist think and communicate.
I feel i have been stolen.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand a bit about autism. It skillfully connects our neurologies with the rise of the information age. Read morePublished on October 10, 2011 by Chris
This is an interesting book and well written but it is not what the reader is led to believe via the title. What was the publisher thinking? Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Francine M. Apollo
I have read and enjoyed Tyler Cowan's other books. What's not clear either from the editorial reviews or the other user reviews I've seen is: this book is about (a) how autistic... Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by Don McGowan
Original, well-written, thought-provoking. Would have been nice to have more suggestions about how specifically one might improve one's ability to categorize, organize and... Read morePublished on September 2, 2010 by Ben Taxy