ATTENTION - IS GOOGLE MAKING US STUPID - Source -The Atlantic -
Nicholas Carr “ I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory.
My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy.
My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument “ ,
I’d spend hours boiling down , turning over reflecting .
“That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text.
The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle . The Net seems to be chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. “
Welcome to a brave new ADHD world ! .
“My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of INFORMATION. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski. “ ... See MoreSee Less
We all think we can multitask but for most this is just an illusion . Research tells us that only about 2% can effectively multitask . Mostly we are wired for selective attention . Attention is bottleneck restricting rate of flow.. The narrower the bottleneck, the lower the rate of flow. Models of Attention are bottleneck models because they predict we cannot consciously attend, turn the mental spotlight onto all of our sensory input at the same time.
The inputs fighting for our attention can be internal and external , visual, auditory or sensory . The inputs not initially selected by or mental filter remain briefly in a sensory buffer, working memory. If they are not processed they decay rapidly.
INNATTENTIONAL BLINDNESS - also known as perceptual blindness, is a psychological lack of attention that is not associated with any vision defects or deficits. It may be further defined as the event in which an individual fails to perceive an unexpected outcome in plain sight.
A symbol . A writing systems such as Egyptian hieroglyphs, Sumerian cuneiform and certain Chinese characters .Logograms feature prominently in the film ARRIVAL (2016) . ARRIVAL engages the viewer by asking them to take part in a thought experiment . ARRIVALS premise - The arrival on earth of 12 mysterious extraterrestrial ships across the globe . To be incredibly reductionist ARRIVAL is about communication . The movie asks why are the visitors here . A single theme runs through the entire film . DOES THE NATURE OF THE LANGUAGE YOU LEARN TO COMMUNICATE : INFLUENCE OR EVEN DETERMINE HOW YOU THINK . The Sapir Whorfian Construct . ARRIVAL takes the construct a step further by making the language totally alien , circular , logographic . What are the costs what are the benefits ! ... See MoreSee Less