The Shallows

Apologies for the lack of posts. No excuses, tho we’ve been pretty well occupied in various ways, including me back to full schedule of teaching. Still no health worries.

The Shallows: what the internet is doing to our brains by Nicholas Carr

Jo & I have been getting a lot out of this book. It challenges us to more carefully examine our involvement with computer technologies, especially the internet. As it is, we’ve been pulling back in our to be closer to nature & land, the animals, and each other. This book gives us more reason to do so.

For those committed to mindfulness, focus, a quiet mind, insight, and sanity — such as in Buddhist practice — this book is a wake up call, especially for those of us who’ve been seduced by the promises of the internet. Have we truly been mindful in that? Have we carefully examined the ways we believe we are using the internet to serve Dhamma? I believe the web has Dhammic uses; and there are many ungrounded claims murking up minds.

More on this when I can. Wanted to give a quick “hi” to all and wish good health & good practice to all beings.

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2 Responses to The Shallows

  1. Ellyn says:

    “Hi” to you also. It looks like an interesting book. When possibly, I try to make no-tech days, and really find that it helps with my concentration.

  2. Martha Lee Turner says:

    This is a book I haven’t read yet.

    I noticed the “Disclaimer” at the bottom of your regular web pages: “The content and layout of this website is undergoing revision to be less hyper, more text, and less cluttered, in line with emerging research surveyed in The Shallows” and was moved to search this blog for mention of the book.

    Though I have never been a fan of the “blinking, flashing, look here now!” school of web design, it had not occurred to me that this line of research could offer design (and other?) specifics that could positively influence the experience of a website visitor. Now it is on my library list!

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