Field Guide to Lies

Field Guide to Lies

Daniel Levitin [ Attention Economy ] I started writing the book in 2001, because my job was to teach students at McGill University how to think critically. Both undergraduates and graduate students. We used a little textbook, “How to Lie with Statistics” that was written in the 50s. And it’s a wonderful book, but all the examples came from the US Steel Annual

Saving Ourselves

Saving Ourselves

Sebastian Junger [ Attention Economy ] I worked as a war reporter for 15 years before I realized that I really had a problem. There was something really wrong with me. This was about a year before 9/11, and America wasn’t at war yet. We weren’t talking about PTSD. We were not yet talking about the effect of trauma and war on the

The Road Home

The Road Home

Nicholas Carr [ Attention Economy ] In the summer of 2008, The Atlantic published Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” as the cover story of its annual Ideas issue. Highly critical of the Internet’s effect on cognition, the article has been read and debated widely in both the media and the blogosphere. Carr’s main argument is that the Internet may have detrimental

Prospective Hindsight

Prospective Hindsight

Daniel Levitin [ Attention Economy ] A few years ago, I broke into my own house. I had just driven home, it was around midnight in the dead of Montreal winter, I had been visiting my friend, Jeff, across town, and the thermometer on the front porch read minus 40 degrees — and don’t bother asking if that’s Celsius or Fahrenheit, minus 40

Reclaiming Conversation

Reclaiming Conversation

Sherry Turkle [ Attention Economy ]  A meta-analysis that looked at many surveys– many studies– over the past 20 years — found that there has been a 40% drop in all markers for empathy among college students — most of it in the last 10 years. The argument that I’m going to make today — and that I make in “Reclaiming Conversation”– that

Deep Reading

Deep Reading

Nicholas Carr [ Attention Economy ] It doesn’t come as news that we’re living in an age where technology is producing profound changes in the ways we live and communicate, remember and socialise. One of the world’s most ground-breaking and thought-provoking writers on technology and its impacts, Nicholas Carr, talks to Gideon Haigh. The celebrated journalist and author of The Shallows presents his

Three Big Ideas

Three Big Ideas

Daniel Levitin [ Attention Economy ] I want to talk about three big ideas, and then I’d be happy to take some questions. The three big ideas are multitasking, brain extenders, and decision making in the age of information overload. But first, I’ll give you a little glimpse into why I wrote the book. Neuroscientists in the last 10 years have learned quite