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The Effect Of The Internet On The Human Brain?

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The Effect of the Internet on the Human Brain
In the article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, Author Nicholas Carr addresses the issue of internet use and brain function. This issue is important because overuse of the internet could be changing the ways humans think, according to Carr. Nicholas Carr is a respected american writer who has written pieces on technology, business, and culture in our society, while holding a B.A. from Dartmouth College, and a M.A. in English and American Literature/Language from Harvard University. He uses extensive research and sources from other authors, scientists, and movie directors throughout the article to prove his point of the internet is taking away our ability to read and critically think. While he makes some good points, I don’t believe the internet is solely to be blamed for this supposed decline in human critical thinking skills. Carr begins his article by describing a scene from the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The scene involves an astronaut disconnecting the wiring to a supercomputer named Hal. Hal says to the astronaut, “Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it” (87). Carr then compares himself to Hal and says he can feel his mind going as well from the internet. Carr’s mind is not actually going away, but he believes that he can feel the adverse effects to his thinking because of reading on the Internet. He states that the internet makes him bounce from topic to topic, without absorbing the material and
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