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Are E-Books Making Us Stupid?

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Recently I found a summary of article with this title(I can't find its article): Are E-Books Making Us Stupid?: Why Electronic Collections Mean Trouble for Libraries and Their Patrons
Here's its link: http://isshlibrary.weebly.com/uploads/9 ... mmary.docx
Also I found a book with this title: How PowerPoint Makes You Stupid: The Faulty Causality, Sloppy Logic, Decontextualized Data, and Seductive Showmanship That Have Taken Over Our Thinking
Here's its link(I uploaded its pdf ;) ): http://libgen.org/book/index.php?md5=e6 ... 88c4d91c02

Also I am not so experienced in ebook reading ,but I am curious about correctness of their results, I think the best method to verify or deny is use of your experience .
Dear friends, please share your professional experience of ebook reading with me. :geek:
Cheers!
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Become a scientist to learn the "scientific method". Then you will be able to distinguish what's right in a presented material and what is dubious.
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As you know, I am a high school student, I know somethings about difference between Science and Pseudoscience, but I am unable to recognize them for these article and book :( .
Also thank you, I understand what you mean :) .
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a German version of this paper:
http://www.b-i-t-online.de/heft/2013-04 ... ormack.pdf

the English version seems to require payment on http://www.igi-global.com/article/books ... upid/73647
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They are not making us stupid, but making us more knowledgeable than ever before. Because in previous years, people were not having many many books that we are now having. Anyone can get books free of cost even he does not have money in his pocket.
So the great information explosion made it possible for book lover to quench their thrust of keeping abreast of the knowledge of today's world.
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Studies such as that emanating from University College, in addition to a widespread nagging sense that users are no longer reading in the way that they once did, recently prompted Eric Schmidt, the 54-year-old chief executive and chairman of Google to express his concern that young people growing up in the mobile and instant information age might indeed experience problems with “deep reading.”
That's the observable phenomenon. But the conclusions made on this basis are too wide. And the reasons for that are neither Google, nor the e-books, but the enormous volume of information that has accumulated in the past probably 20-30 years. You just can't “deep read all this stuff”, it becomes physically impossible.
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It's up to you, if you don't learn anything because you expect Internet and ebooks to answer all your doubts when you need it then you will be stupid.
on the other hand, if you use all that information to learn then these new means will make you more learned.
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I think you have you learn at least one or two domains deeply, the old-fashioned way. Until you do this, you won't be able to orient yourself in the vast ocean of available information. But once you master some domain, you can make up your own mind about learning other things shallowly or not learning them at all. The availability of e-books helps, in any case.
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I think it this way" if a person is reading stupid books then definitely , it make him stupid too" because books in some ways affects one's mindset. But on the other hand, books nourish us , bring us close to the inner feeling of writers. There is no way to become stupid.
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There has never been a time in which information has been more readily available, but information isn't context. This poses the problem of choice, how do you sort out the wheat from the chaff? You have to be able to critically think about the choices of content you are taking in and also the content itself. This requires time, patience and understanding and something I think is lacking, it almost feels like an old fashion value because it takes time in a world that requires answers right now.

I think it depends on the person and the content. If the person is understanding of critically thinking about content, then e-books are a wonderful resource for further exploration. If the person is skimming or just wanting content for the sake of it, then of course it's not going to develop someone further, but I would say that of books in themselves, not specifically for e-books in particular. The only thing that singles e-books out is the accessibility of them.

From a societal point of view Universities are becoming a place of paying for content when you should be paying for understanding. It is understanding that employers want and we're short cutting a way to the appearance of understanding.
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Then they should make paper textbooks more affordable so I wouldnt have to pirate ebooks!!!!!!!!
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I would say that e-books are not necessarily making people stupid. People make themselves stupid instead of e-books. E-books can help people learn information to gain knowledge rapidly instead of waiting a long time for a physical book. Online sources like Library Genesis lets the people download some e-book for less than 1 minute, and then they can automatically read that e-book. Which is arguably better than driving to a library for a lengthy time, getting a physical book, and then reading it.
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bookwarrior wrote:Become a scientist to learn the "scientific method". Then you will be able to distinguish what's right in a presented material and what is dubious.
You can validate and observe even without being a scietist.
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I think what make us stupid is the fact our acte are see from people more powerfull than us who have the capacity to give you an help or not.
And there décision is not only for helping us but surly to make them project grow.
The difficulty is we are weak to the power of the other.
But our production and labor because there are protected by an project greater than us can help us to find a way to grow.
Humanity is also connected on not only scientifique way, administratif, hot patato ...
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