Human Intelligence In The Internet Era. Nowadays, If A

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Human Intelligence in the Internet Era Nowadays, if a young adult hears a new terminology, instead of going to a library and looking it up in an encyclopedia as what his or her parents would have done, he or she will pull out his or her smartphone and “google” it. Thanks to Google and all other commercial Internet companies, we are closer to all kinds of information, both useful and useless, than any other time in human history. In Nicholas Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, he admits how the immediate access to the rich store of online information benefits him largely as a writer (Carr, 589). While enjoying this positive influence of the Net, however, he brings up a side effect of the Internet which is hardly ever mentioned:…show more content…
Overall, as Carr has suggested, we should be aware of the changes in our reading and thinking behaviors that the Internet causes, try to keep thinking in the deep and perceptive way and cherish the ambiguity of our human intelligence. In the article, Carr expresses his concerns about the Internet, but he is not completely negative about it or against it; he writes ahead that the Internet has been a godsend to him as a writer (Carr, 589). What he tries to do is to remind us that there are another possible perspective and guideline when we judge and criticize the Internet. After describing all his concerns about the Internet and human intelligence, Carr writes that maybe he is just a worrywart and there’s a countertendency to expect the worst of every new tool or machine and refers to the example of Socrates and Squarciafico (Carr, 595). He shows his acknowledgment of the opportunities the Net brings us and his understanding of the reasonability of possible disagreement with him. “You should be skeptical of my skepticism,” he writes (Carr, 596). He expects us to be skeptical of his argument, because he wants us to think more about both pros and cons of the Net. He does not try to deny the Internet or convince us not to use it. Instead, he puts forward the other side of the case to let us have forethought from a different perspective and to be more critical when judging the Internet. When we agree on the bright side of the Internet, how it enables to
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