Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Try and Read This All the Way to the End and Prove It Wrong!

July/August 2008 Atlantic Monthly

What the Internet is doing to our brains

by Nicholas Carr

Illustration by Guy Billout


“Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?” So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly poignant scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Bowman, having nearly been sent to a deep-space death by the malfunctioning machine, is calmly, coldly disconnecting the memory circuits that control its artificial brain. “Dave, my mind is going,” HAL says, forlornly. “I can feel it. I can feel it.”

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Deep Down, We Can’t Fool Even Ourselves

Deep Down, We Can’t Fool Even Ourselves

By JOHN TIERNEY, New York Times

Source: Marina Mahathier’s RantingsbyMM

In voting against the Bush tax cut in 2001, Senator John McCain said he “cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate.” Today he campaigns in favor of extending that same tax cut beyond its expiration date.

Senator Barack Obama last year called himself a “longtime advocate” of public financing of election campaigns. This month, he reiterated his “support” for such financing while becoming the first major party presidential nominee ever to reject it for his own campaign.

Do you think either of these men is a hypocrite?

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