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Beyond the machine and the screen....,
This review is from: Future Minds: How the Digital Age Is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters, and What We Can Do About It (Paperback)
"We have now become so obsessed with asking whether something CAN be done that we have little or not time to consider whether it SHOULD be done," Richard Watson tells us in FUTURE MINDS. In this vitally important book, Watson discusses how digital life is changing our brains, focusing on its effects upon young children, "screenagers," and adults.
The human brain is much more than a machine, Watson points out, and yet we are allowing our brains to be controlled by machines, and as a result, losing our capacity for creative thinking and deep reflection. The consequences are deadening, and potentially destructive to us as individuals and to the future of our society.
In language understandable to the lay person, he explains the basics of brain functioning in regard to information overload, multitasking and high speed shifts in attention leading to distractibility and attention deficit disorder. He also discusses the interior and external environments that detract from or encourage creativity and meaningful thought.
FUTURE MINDS is divided into three parts, as expressed in its subtitle: How the Digital Era is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters, and What We Can Do About It. Unlike some books which begin to apply recent discoveries in neuropsychology to our current over-reliance upon technological devices, this author also takes a practical approach. With simple but viable suggestions for unblocking and clearing our brains, he encourages us to embrace "slow thinking" and increase our capacity for deep focused thinking so that we are less at the mercy of the machine and the screen, and can become more self-determined.
His message does matter. His book is essential reading. We in the western world are in danger of losing our humanity and our capacity to direct our minds and our lives. FUTURE MINDS can help us to awaken from a machine-induced sleep and begin to reclaim ourselves and our future.