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The Augmented Mind (the stupid ones are those who do not use Google) by [de Kerckhove, Derrick]
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Length: 27 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 40k (December 3, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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What if I told you that the act of reading maintained our humanity? That, as our world becomes more fully digitized, our lives will morph and emulate into tags and clouds? According to de Kerckhove in his short e-book "The Augmented Mind," reading (especially silently to one's self) is what will keep humans from losing their lives to the virtual world.

Reading silently is what jumpstarted our humanity's real cognitive power, back in history when we (as a species) seemed to be crawling through our technological evolution.

"Silent reading marks the full appropriation of language by the human body. It introduces the consciousness of words inside the mind, voiced within only for the reader, and that only on command. Reading and writing bring forward language to the mind in a controlled way, allowing for the identity of the individual reader to affirm itself in a detached self-image, a homunculus that thinks."

Reading silently is the secret to strengthening the autonomy of the individual mind. It combats the augmented mind, which, while it is has many exciting attributes and innumerable networking capabilities, ostracizes humans by taking their individual minds and segmenting them through sharing.

The generation currently inhabiting the scientific (sociological, etc.) fields have noticed this trend developing quite rapidly already. However, this will become blindingly apparent once the "always-on" generation (the digital natives, those that were born after the Internet was in full-swing) grows up a bit more and starts infiltrating the creative and industrial fields.

The connecting elements of our forms of media create a vacillating, textured picture of any one concept.
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