The Internet Vs. The Zeitgeist - Michael Prescott's Blog

Is the world going to hell in a handbasket, or is this perception all in our minds? Using Leonard Shlain's The Alphabet Versus The Goddess as a springboard, Michael Prescott contemplates how tiny screens, instant communication, and the ability to access the sum of human knowledge at a moment's notice are irrevocably changing our thought processes. If you've been on social media of late, Brent Swancer's collection of Miraculous Cases Of People Who Lived Without A Brain will not be surprising in the least. But if our brains aren't real, can our perceptions be real? Greg Taylor's been up late at night pondering this existential question, but there may be a little peace in embracing Anil Seth's assertation, "We're Hallucinating All The Time, Including Right Now." If that's the case, are all humans magicians after a fashion by modifying the world to their will? (CS)

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