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Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks

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While many wonder what the pervasive use of technology is doing to our overloaded mental circuits, 'Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks' ponders that question in another way: can cutting-edge neurological research teach us anything about how we shape the electronic global “brain” of the Internet? Can we share lessons between neurons and networks in the way we nurture and ...more
Kindle Edition, 51 pages
Published November 7th 2012 by TED Conferences
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Mal Warwick
Feb 25, 2013 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it
Updating McLuhan: How the Internet and the human brain can reinforce each other

Taking up where Marshall McLuhan left off and bringing his thinking into the 21st Century, Tiffany Shlain explores an extended metaphor in this tiny e-book published as an Amazon Single. She characterizes the Internet as “an extension of our brains — an extension of us,” just as McLuhan saw the book as an extension of the eye and electric circuity as an extension of the central nervous system. In fact, Shlain’s metaph
Dec 16, 2012 Dirk rated it it was amazing
"Brain Power" accompanies Tiffany Shlain's film with the same title that can be downloaded from YouTube.

The book adds depth and detail to the content of the film. Whilst "Brain Power" can be read fairly quickly and, as Tiffany Shlain writes, should be read and experienced in one go like a Ted Talk, it covers a lot of scientific and intellectual ground. The book begins with the development of the brain of a young child and how is influenced by the use of the Internet. It then uses the development
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Dec 13, 2015 John Brooke rated it it was amazing

Tiffany Shlain has constructed a compelling futuristic work using the metaphor of a child's mind development up to the age of five years, with that of the internet progression. Imbedded in her book are inspiring links to her film mosaic and her father's filmed dissertation on the historic difference between the function of the female and male brains processes. She most definitely offered valuable insights into where our human cognition is rushing for the ment
Nov 15, 2012 George rated it it was amazing

TED,, TED Talks, TED Books—anything TED—is rapidly becoming my personal electronic ‘Chautauqua’ of first choice. It is a liberal arts academy for those of us who don’t know from ‘liberal,’ from ‘arts,’ from the ‘sciences,’ or from academia, either. What a nice use of the Internet.

"Attention is the mind’s most valuable resource."

"The Internet, is, in many ways, an extension of our brains — an extension of us. "

In her TED Book, ‘Brain Power: From Neur
Dec 19, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
I like the idea that the Internet at this moment is analogous to the developing child's brain, and that we should be mindful of how we shape connections in both the global and local brains. The message of Brain Power is a life-affirming one. And I finally found out what the word "Ubuntu" means!

I just wish this were either more book-like or actually experimental. It reads a bit like a TED talk. I was expecting more depth.
Maggie Tumenbatur
May 29, 2016 Maggie Tumenbatur rated it really liked it
A refreshing parallel between new research on nurturing the brain of a child and how we can develop the global brain of the internet( still in its formative years) .
Equally refreshing to listen to her interview by Krista Tippett's podcast "On being".... Or watch her movies
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Interesting but too generic
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