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Your Brain on Facebook

15 Aug
Or, I worry for my generation
reading by madelinetosh

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So, apparently our bodies were built for running not reading; you could have fooled me.  My brain, body, and general self like reading (whether physical or digital text) more than pretty much any other activity.  I feel a deep affinity with text; for me, it’s central to my human condition. 

Today I read an article (“Will the speed of online reading deplete our analytic thought?” – The Guardian) that started with the premise that humans weren’t built for reading; that it’s not something that we’re genetically coded to do.

“To begin with, the human brain was never meant to read. Not text, not papyrus, not computer screens, not tablets. There are no genes or areas in the brain devoted uniquely to reading. Rather, our ability to read represents our brain’s protean capacity to learn something outside our repertoire by creating new circuits that connect existing circuits in a different way. Indeed, every time we learn a new skill – whether knitting or playing the cello or using Facebook – that is what we are doing.” Continue reading

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