My daily readings 07/01/2009

  • tags: Tech, talk, database

  • tags: Local, news, Opensource

  • tags: no_tag

    • I don’t think the author did a very good job of making the case that people are thinking less due to the web.
    • I’d rather spend my deduction and imagination time on problem solving than information gathering.

      Or to be more specific: I’d rather spend my deduction and imagination time engaged with my peers on solving problems, than sitting in quiet contemplation of information that I do not have convenient access to.

    • Why is your “deduction and imagination” time a fixed quantity? The thrust of the argument in favor of learning through books rather than the internet is that you will spend an equal amount of external problem solving time, but more internal problem solving time as part of the information gathering process.
  • tags: Thinking, Learning, web, Education

    • The simple printed book is much more conducive to promoting thinking than the sophisticated Web. If a book does not provide all the information that one needs, some of the information has to be deduced and some of it has to be imagined. When people do not get answers to their questions by reading one book, they have to read a second or third book to find the answers. The book is also a slow medium. By the time a person buys, borrows or finds another book that has the answer to a question, he or she also has had the time to think about it more thoroughly and perhaps even refine the question. The time spent in thought will in many instances enable a person to generate an answer to the question that aroused his or her curiosity in the first place.
      • But many people will just don’t think the question again if they need too much effort to get the anwser. – post by joel
    • Why should a person take the time to think when he or she can click his or her way to an instantaneous answer to a question that might otherwise have necessitated some thinking on the part of the person to get an answer.
      • At one hand, it’s true that we spend less time in thinking and try to get the answer instanstly. At another hand, we can get more thinking food easily. – post by joel
    • As they click on one hyperlink after another, they often forget the initial question to which they were trying to find an answer. This is because the Web offers many distractions to its users in the form of ever changing content, links that are either obsolete or lead to completely new and different Web sites, and pop-ups and banners that advertise goods and services. Often times, as people aimlessly click their way through cyberspace, hyperclick hysteria sets in, and people lose their bearings in cyberspace and have to click their way back to more familiar cyber territories.
    • Long before human beings established a settled way of life, we were wanderers. Deep inside, human beings are still wanderers. The Web provides human beings an opportunity to fulfill their desire for wandering by thoughtlessly clicking and roaming the cyber wilderness. Since new Web pages are created everyday, the Web continuously offers wanderers new territory to explore. As interactions with the Web increase, the clicking and wandering behavior gets more deeply entrenched among human beings. Such aimless cyber wandering eventually becomes a substitute for meaningful thinking.

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