Sponsored by Dean's Office
A discussion of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr, hosted by the Center for Ethics and Public Life. For those who register for this event books will be available for pick up from the Dean's Office, Dahl Centennial Union 262. For more information contact Greg Jesson ([email protected]), Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Life.
Nicholas Carr’s best-selling and breakthrough book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains argues that our excessive use of the computer tied into the Internet is drastically changing the structure of our brains so that we find it difficult—and, for some, literally impossible—to concentrate on anything for more than a few seconds. Thinking is rapidly being displaced by superficial multi-tasking as websites and bullet points are rapidly displacing books and articles. Minds whose universe is defined by text messaging, Facebook, and YouTube are unlikely to have a robust and coherent understanding of reality. Joe Horgan of the Wall Street Journal said, “We all joke about how the Internet is turning us, and especially our kids, into fast-twitch airheads incapable of profound cognition. It’s not joke, Mr. Carr insists, and he has me persuaded.” If Carr is right, this deeply affects every single person at Luther, and consequently, it affects the very mission of the college. Carr will be our convocation speaker in the Spring and will be on campus to give another lecture and meet with some classes.
Questions? Contact Jeffrey Wilkerson, 563-387-1226,5633872110