How People View the World Influences the Tools Used to Obtain Knowledge

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People are continuously evolving. While, the physical form stays the same our minds have recently undergone a huge change in how they process information. This change is coupled with an increase in the amount of information that is available to a person. With all of these changes it is important to use this new information, and the knowledge acquired from it, wisely. In Sherry Turkle’s essay How Computers Change the Way We Think she opens with the statement, “The tools we use to think change the way in which we think”(1). Turkle argues that computers are changing the way that people process information, and it is possible that people are losing a part of themselves and forgetting fundamental aspects of what it means to be human. Similar themes can be found in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. As an educator Turkle noticed that students had stopped thinking of their brain’s reactions as a complex mix of human emotion. Instead they had started to think of the brain as a computer. The dependence people have on computers has changed how people view themselves and how their bodies react to situations. Turkle lists several ways in which computers are changing the way people think. She addresses the issue of privacy. Newer generations are become less concerned about preserving privacy. She discusses the potentially harmful effects of Avatars and anonymity that is prevalent when using computers. She also explores that idea that people are so reliant on machines but most people don’t
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