Smarter Than You Think

Smarter Than You Think

How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better

Book - 2014
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Presents the argument that an increase in technology on the scale of what has been seen since the Internet revolution in the 1990s is not, in fact, hurting the way human beings think and remember things, but actually improving it in different ways. Examines a number of cases that show new technology--like the Internet, cell phones, and social media--helping people to become smarter.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2014]
ISBN: 9780143125822
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 22 cm

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meeksfenny1986 Jan 22, 2016

In a sea of doomsayers and paranoia, this book offers a refreshing and positive look at the way the technology is changing the way we think and operate for the better. Thompson provides a fascinating account on how every technological innovation—whether that is the invention of the written word or telephones—has produced waves of mass-anxiety. He then goes on to use a series of case-studies to examine the social science behind modern technology, the ways it circumnavigates human failure and habits, and eventually fuels humankind’s ability to collaborate and harness everyday user’s potential.

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KABuck
Aug 06, 2015

The direction in which modern technological advancements are taking us is heavily debated. This book assumes the optimistic perspective, serving as a powerful thesis that technology is and will continue to augment our intellectual, social and creative capacities. Thompson's arguments are well structured and contain fresh research about the uses and effects of new technology around the world. Whether you agree with the content or not, you will surely learn something.

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eastvanbookfan
Oct 28, 2013

I often wonder if technology is 'dumbing' us down so this book was a good example of how that is probably not so. Still doesn't PROVE anything, just gives me pause for reflection that technology can be good too......

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