Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Is technology making us dummer?

Photo by: Jimmie_Joe
Yesterday, while listening to the radio, I heard a reporter profess that technology is destroying our ability to learn. One of his poorly-formed arguments was that GPS technology is preventing people from developing spacial intellgence.

If you take his argument further, it's like saying that the printing press, or even computers, have destroyed our ability to learn.

We hold fast to the idea that technology is improving our ability to gain new knowledge and awareness. Technology is what separates man from beast!  Case in point: If not for electricity you wouldn't be learning from this (or other) blogs.

Technology advances our ability to learn, it doesn't repress it. Even more important is that technology begets technology. Said another way, technological advances build upon themselves. It's how we learn. It's how we grow.

Mr. Luddite, you are free to disregard today's technology. But what about that which was invented is years past? Can you disavow one and not the other?

Yet, I must confess that he may have a point in his argument.  Indeed I felt less intelligent after spending time listening to him through satellite radio technology.

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