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The Stars in Our Pockets: Getting Lost and Sometimes Found in the Digital Age

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What shapes our sense of place, our sense of time, and our memory? How is technology changing the way we make sense of the world and of ourselves?

The human brain's ability to adapt has been an evolutionary advantage for the last 40,000 years, but now, for the first time in human history, we're effectively living in two environments at once--the natural and the digital--and
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Hardcover, 184 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2020)
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Jenn
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I won a copy of this book.

Put down your phone and see how long you can go without checking it. Seriously, face down on the table. Within reach, but not touching it. Are you comfortable enough in your skin to leave it there for more than 5 minutes? Sit in silence for a moment. Will you allow the voice in your head to wander where ever it may take you?

Howard Axelrod asks the reader to slow down, observe the pace of everyday life. Take a walk around your neighborhood and go a different way. Watch
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Sasha
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s either to Howard Axelrod’s credit or to my blame (or both) that I was able to read so far into The Stars in Our Pockets before registering how purely technophobic the book is. Its tone is much more thoughtful than strident, much more open-minded than polemical. So much so that it took me several chapters to realize that the phrases listed in insets at the beginning of each chapter represent precious human capacities Axelrod asserts are being lost to technology, and that each chapter is ...more
Tayyaba (Tubz)
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just incredible. I was blown away by this book seriously. There were so many times where I had to put it down and say "omfg that's so effing true."

This book starts off with Darwin's natural selection theory and how it comes into play in the world of technology. Axelrod explains that never before did an animal have to adapt to dual realities because now we're in an age where we live both in the physical world and the technological world. This constant jumping back and forth might not be the
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Annarella
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, edelweiss
This book is full of food for thought. I'm still grokking it so I have some issues to in words my thoughts.
I can only say something like Please-read-it.
Strongly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Sally Ray
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Camille Pum
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in the giveaway! My thoughts lost some coherency as Howard Axelrod took me through different thought processes, exposing me to new ideas at the same time. Inspiring. Is sure to leave you awe-struck!
Elaine
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely something everyone who's maybe a little too attached to their phone/devices should read.
Greg McCoy
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable quick read. He writes really well.
Ron Schneider
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting book which discusses the effects that the digital age has had on our ability to think, to focus, to share our thoughts in a meaningful way. Very thought provoking.
Dana
Jan 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Sporadic and too scattered for me...
Csimplot Simplot
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
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