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The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains | [Nicholas Carr]

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.
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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of The Big Switch returns with an explosive look at technology’s effect on the mind.

“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question in an Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: as we enjoy the Internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?

Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration yet published of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences. Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

©2010 Nicholas Carr (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Neuroscience and technology buffs, librarians, and Internet users will find this truly compelling.” (Library Journal)

“Cogent, urgent, and well worth reading.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    "Think about it"

    I found this to be very enlightening. I have changed my online habits to get the most out of what my brain can hold. Important points: Humans are NOT multitasking, Overloading our short term memory doesn't make us smarter. Well worth a listen.

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    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 01-28-12
    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2005

    Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.

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    "My Pick for Best Book in 3.1623 Years"

    When Audable.com was acquired by Amazon.com my on-line persona was bifurcated in their databases. If you follow me under my old persona, this is my new one. In the physical world I’m one person. The other review with the same tile is the other “me”.

    On a log scale the square root of 10 is half a decade.

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    Kacy Nashville, TN, United States 10-21-10
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    "Definitely Not Shallow"

    This book really opened my eyes to how the online world has affected so much of the way I think, act and live. While interesting, there is a lot of human history covered into this book that at times is cumbersome to listen to. He goes into a good deal of scientific things also when talking about the brain processes that I didn't really hold on to, but the message is clear.

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    Jonathan Moss Beach, CA, United States 03-20-12
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    Carr cherry-picks his evidence while consistently begging the question and often jumping to unsupported conclusions. 'The Shallows' is bad journalism and I can't recommend it to anyone.

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