Clive Thompson on Smarter Than You Think

8:00 pm

De Nieuwe Poort

Internet is altering our minds in subtle and profound ways. But how? Does the web dumb us down or are new technologies boosting our abilities? Clive Thompson is one of today’s most prominent technology thinkers and writes for The New York Times Magazine and Wired. In his new book Smarter Than You Think (We Worden Steeds Slimmer in the Dutch translation by Maven Publishing) he claims that internet has broadened the base of our collective memory. Using technology for things we don’t do well frees up our mental resources and allows us to do more important cognitive work. People adapt, says Thompson: we embrace the new and at the same time retain what’s good of the old. Join the John Adams Institute June 26th, 8pm at De Nieuwe Poort, for a discussion about the promises and pitfalls of technologies and the people that use them.

The Dutch edition of Smarter than you think (We worden steeds slimmer) will be in bookstores on June 24th. Translation: Joost Mulder.