I Have Forgotten How To Read: Michael Harris: The Globe and Mail

Serious Implications… I found this to be both an interesting and troubling read (no pun intended). I think it explains much in our day, doesn’t bode well for the future, but sets forth a problem that can be easily resolved if society cares enough to do so. Though the article was well-written for the most part, I take issue with phrases like “Great researchers such as Maryanne Wolf and Alison Gopnik remind us that the human brain was never designed to read” and “One famous study found humans would rather give themselves electric shocks than sit alone with their thoughts for 10 minutes.” One can find a study for almost anything; moreover, studies are limited by those (in their day and age) being studied. The problems of today did not exist nearly to this degree in the 1600’s through early 1900’s, when overall literacy was significantly higher. So any difficulty in ‘brain design,’ or the desire ‘to be with one’s own thoughts,’ stems not so much from a defect in our innate neurological wiring, but in the over-abundance of needless distraction (useless stimuli), and its resulting negative synaptic impact (which the author recognises as a major factor).

“For a long time Michael Harris convinced himself that a childhood spent immersed in old-fashioned books would insulate him from our new media climate, but he was wrong…” To read the full article, please click: I have forgotten how to read – The Globe and Mail

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