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March 28, 2013

Make Wealth History

The ShallowsThe internet has been the defining technology of my generation. We grew up without it, but were the last generation to do so. It is now ubiquitous, deeply embedded in the way that we work, rest and play. It has revolutionised communication, business, entertainment, education, and much else besides. It has brought unimaginable benefits, but no technology is neutral. A technology as pervasive as the internet is going to have profound implications for how and what we think, how we understand ourselves and the world around us.

That’s Nicholas Carr’s central premise, and he begins his wise and engaging book by explaining why technology changes the way we think – neuroplasticity. Our brains are not hardwired. They constantly make new connections that reinforce and ease certain patterns of thought. That’s why practice makes perfect and habits form. “The brain” says Carr, “and the mind to which it gives rise –…

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