[LINK] gps on kids...

Birch Jim Jim.Birch at dhhs.tas.gov.au
Wed Jan 14 18:22:11 AEDT 2009

David Lochrin wrote:

>Is Asimov the wellspring of your world view (:-)?

Not at all, just a sometime source of some interesting counterpoints to
the normal view... 

>Do you always approve of the Next New Thing with such little
consideration of its substance?

No.  FTR I don't have a GPS and I don't want one.  One thing I do know
is people are very often stupid.  I love figuring out the route myself
and like knowing that I can adapt.  Mind you, I'm living in Tassie now
and we don't have too many roads down here, maybe if I was living in
Munich with friends and family all over Europe I might change on that.
Though (or maybe because) I work in IT I tend technology averse.

My post wasn't really an argument; I probably left a few :)'s.

I actually don't think that Socrates was all that wrong about the
written word, but I can't tell for sure, being thoroughly of in the
world of printed word.  The printed word offers a massive increase in
personal power and imaginative possibilities but the simple spoken world
of Socrates probably has it's own benefits and beauties.  The brain
certainly wasn't designed for reading.  (If anyone's even slightly
interested in the history and neurology of reading, I'd recommend Proust
and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf.)

There's a parallel with the Internet/media world of today.  Massive
instant information/stimulation available but we're loosing the ability
for sustained mental activity.  Reading a novel is beyond a lot of
people and spending a week or two on War and Peace is probably too
daunting for nearly everyone.

Change giveth and change taketh away ;)



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