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Future Minds : How The Digital Age is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters and What We Can Do About It - Richard Watson

Future Minds

How The Digital Age is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters and What We Can Do About It

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We are getting both smarter AND more stupid at the same time. We are getting better at thinking quickly but worse at thinking things through properly. We are good at the fast and thin but bad at the slow and deep. Can something as seemingly innocent as a mobile phone or a Google search really change how we think and act?

We are now so connected through digital networks that we are developing a culture of rapid response with no time to think properly and reflect. We have become so obsessed with asking whether something can be done that we have left no time to consider whether it should. Moreover, the digital age is chipping away at our ability to concentrate. We are therefore in danger of developing a new generation that has plenty of answers, but few good questions. Richard Watson asks one vital question: what can we do about it?

From the author of the bestselling Future Files, this is a book about work, education, time, space, books, baths, sleep, music and the war to reclaim the time and space to 'deep think'. For anyone interested in unleashing the extraordinary potential of the human mind, Future Minds will make you think about such things as constant partial stupidity, the benefits of boredom, the rise of the screenager, and the myth of multi-tasking.

Finally, it discusses what we can do to improve the quality of our thinking and strike a balance between analogue and digital, physical and virtual, ancient and modern.

A great case for how to think, not what to think in these fast moving and complex times. Watson's message is clear - our innate imagination and human ability to think deeply about life and issues are the best assets we have to deliver us safely to the future. Full of wonderfully inspired quotations, sage predictions and abundance of source material this is a "how to" that is a definitely a "must have." - Ellen Sideri, Founder & CEO, ESP Trendlab, New York "A reflective and insightful look into how the next generation will think, feel and shape our society" Baroness Susan Greenfield, CBE author of ID: The Quest for Meaning in the 21st Century

Overture: Screen Culturep. 1
How The Digital Era Is Changing Our Mindsp. 9
The Rise of the Screenagerp. 11
10 ways screenagers are thinking differentlyp. 12
They want it and they want it nowp. 12
Connectivity addictionp. 16
Multitasking mayhemp. 20
The screenage brainp. 21
Are IQ tests making kids stupid?p. 25
Pre-Teens: An Apple for Every Teacherp. 28
Not enough thinking inside the sand boxp. 30
A cut-and-paste educationp. 34
Why books still matterp. 36
We need more childlike thinkingp. 39
Dare to dreamp. 42
10 ways our education system could stimulate young mindsp. 44
Why This Mattersp. 45
Thinking About Thinkingp. 47
10ways our minds are different to our machinesp. 49
Computers are stupidp. 50
A good idea?p. 52
Thinking aheadp. 53
Do we own our own thinking?p. 56
Out of sight but(perhaps)not out of mindp. 60
The Sex Life of Ideasp. 63
Where do ideas come from, daddy?p. 63
Mental impasses and gridlocksp. 66
Being unconventionalp. 68
Quantity is qualityp. 69
Two brains are better than onep. 71
Why clever people make dumb mistakesp. 74
Why we need to take our ideas to bedp. 77
Daydream believerp. 79
Music on the brainp. 80
Distributed intelligencep. 82
Celebrate serendipityp. 84
10 ways to breed ideasp. 87
Thinking Spacesp. 88
Where do people do their deepest thinking?p. 89
10 of my favorite ways to create deep thinking spacesp. 97
Why we don'think at workp. 98
Natural thinking spacesp. 99
An innocent questionp. 100
Gardening as a metaphor for businessp. 102
Deliberately designed work spacesp. 104
I think therefore iPodp. 109
Cathedrals for ideasp. 111
Organized chaosp. 114
Paperless officesp. 117
You don't need to work here to work herep. 119
Telepresence and other warped ideasp. 120
The business of busynessp. 122
Domestic thinking spacesp. 124
Third placesp. 126
Change your routinep. 128
10 ways in which objects and environments deepen our thinkingp. 130
What We Can Do About Itp. 131
How to Clear a Blocked Brainp. 133
Create time and spacep. 134
Become intellectually promiscuousp. 138
Keep an ideas diaryp. 140
Retain an open mindp. 141
Use the bathroomp. 145
Be patientp. 147
The benefits of boredomp. 148
Lose your inhibitionsp. 152
Embrace failurep. 153
Share the problemp. 155
Don't go to workp. 158
Future Mindsp. 160
Control-Alt-Deletep. 160
Reclaiming the time and space to thinkp. 163
Not so easyp. 165
From small beginningsp. 167
A Taste of Future Minds: 10 Predictionsp. 170
Notesp. 173
Bibliographyp. 183
A few interesting websitesp. 195
The soundtrack to the bookp. 197
Acknowledgmentsp. 199
Indexp. 200
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ISBN: 9781857885491
ISBN-10: 185788549X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 213
Published: 10th November 2010
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 1.702
Weight (kg): 0.356
Edition Number: 1