Super interesting and insightful account of the art of focus, how it’s changed over the years, what the current assaults on our ability to focus are, and why it matters that we care and do something about it!
A fascinating account of how our environment and the tools and technology that we use to interact with the world, from books, and clocks, to the internet, shapes our brains, and in effect shapes us as humans.
- There is no Sleepy Hollow on the Internet, no peaceful spot where contemplativeness can work its restorative magic. There is only the endless, mesmerizing buzz of the urban street. The stimulations of the Net,
like those of the city, can be invigorating and inspiring. We wouldn’t want to give them up. But they are, as well, exhausting and distracting. They can easily, as Hawthorne understood, overwhelm all quieter modes of thought.
- One of the greatest dangers we face as we automate the work of our minds, as we cede control over the flow of our thoughts and memories to a powerful electronic system, is the one that informs the fears of both the scientist Joseph Weizenbaum and the artist Richard Foreman: a slow erosion of our humanness and our humanity.
- It would not be rash to suggest that as the Net reroutes our vital paths and diminishes our capacity for contemplation, it is altering the depth of our emotions as well as our thoughts.
This is the ‘what-the-hell-to-actually-do-about-all-this’ book. How to spend more time in deep, meaningful work and less time surfing the internet and the surface of life! I really enjoyed his latest book, Digital Minimalism, also. Just thought I’d insert another book recommendation in here. Never can read enough books!
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