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The Difference Engine: Rewiring the brain

Aug 6th 2010, 14:50 by N.V. | LOS ANGELES

"The problem, says Mr Carr, is that most of us with access to the web spend at least a couple of hours a day online—and sometimes much more. During that time, we tend to repeat the same or similar actions over and over again. As we go through these motions, the net delivers a steady stream of inputs to our visual, somatosensory and auditory cortices. “The net's cacophony of stimuli short-circuits both conscious and unconscious thought, preventing people from thinking either deeply or creatively.” There is evidence, the author affirms, that the internet is damaging people’s long-term memory consolidation that he singles out as the true basis of intelligence".