Came across this article The Dangers Of Externalizing Knowledge, while learning (or memorizing) for our Leadership exam. It has an interesting take on one of our seminar topics – whether it’s no longer important to remember stuff (unable to recollect the exact wording :P)
The author’s worry is not the ‘short attention span’ or our ‘reliance on non-text media’, but the ‘stopping to value the accumulation of information within ourselves’. Quoting a couple of his thoughts:
“…GPS in cars is an advance party of this trend: every couple months we hear of some driver who has followed the GPS to the bottom of a lake, or used a highway as a walking path because it was labeled as such on their phone’s map…”
“We’ve gone from being intellectual predators to intellectual filter feeders, and soon I wonder whether we’ll even deserve that title”
Me/ think technology’s probably the reason for 9/11 too else we’d have had only a bunch of stone-pelters. On a more serious note, while his article is written to convince, I feel it has a touch of paranoia (probably expecting Black Swan events)
What do you think?