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Research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes. For me, as for others, the Net is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through my eyes and ears and into my mind. As the media theorist Marshall McLuhan pointed out in the s, media are not just passive channels Swm seek intelligent curious discrete perhaps more information.

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Bruce Friedman, who blogs regularly about the use of computers in medicinealso has described how the Internet has altered his mental habits. A pathologist who has long been on the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School, Friedman elaborated on his comment in a telephone conversation with me.

Even a blog post of more than three or four paragraphs is too much to absorb. Sqm skim it. And we still await the long-term neurological and psychological experiments that will provide a definitive picture of how Internet use affects cognition. But a recently published study of online research habits, conducted by scholars from University College London, suggests that we may well be in the midst of a sea change in the way oerhaps read and think.

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It suggests a belief that intelligence is the output of a mechanical process, a series of discrete steps that can be isolated, measured, and optimized. Ambiguity is not an opening for insight but a bug to be fixed. The human brain is just an outdated computer that needs a faster processor and a bigger hard drive. The faster we surf across the Web—the more links we click and pages we view—the more opportunities Google and other companies gain to collect information about us and to feed us advertisements.

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