Thursday, December 21, 2017

LF Interview: Ivelin Sardamov- Amused to Death/The False Promise of the Information Age

Still crunched for time. Apologies to all.

I managed to listen to another interview today that is, again, worth sharing.
About an hour in length covering Mr Sardamov's new book  Mental Penguins – The Neverending Education Crisis and the False Promise of the Information Age.

With thanks to Legalise freedom for making this interview freely available!

Ivelin Sardamov – Amused to Death: The False Promise of the Information Age

Sardamov draws on key findings in neuroscience to explain decreasing attention spans, a crisis of curiosity, and waning interest in and knowledge of complex social issues in the United States and around the world. Attributing this trend primarily to the effects of information overload, ubiquitous screens, and constant access to the Internet, he argues that chronic over-stimulation generated by the current socio-technological environment fosters addictive tendencies in today’s young people, many of whom will graduate from profit-driven universities both mired in debt and unprepared for life in the outside world.
This worrying and worsening situation also breeds apathy, disengagement, and social dysfunction, and almost certainly contributes to the ongoing decline in written and spoken language, and even basic cognition. All this among an increasingly-narcissistic and entitled populace weaned on celebrity culture, safe spaces, and political correctness. As with many mostly technological problems, the solution is too often seen as the application of yet more technology. If we wish to stop this downturn, however, and ultimately change course, we must be prepared to face some very uncomfortable truths

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  1. Greetings, Penny...

    Well, Blogger finally did it.. They knocked me out, claiming I "violated their terms of service" and ALL of my articles there may be gone soon..

    I have set up a temporary site at in the meantime... It will take a lot of time to rebuild what I had there, and of course I have "appealed" my suspension at "blogger" in the meantime..

    1. I just noticed that right now. Thanks for the new site address. Hope you can get some of your best articles back up, I've just discovered your blog in the past few days, and I am indeed shocked, but my wife says she is not surprised.

    2. Hi North:

      I am sorry to read that news, but, not surprised really- It's very very obvious that free speech is being restricted/censored

      Notice you have the blogger blog back... that's good!

      Are you going to post at blogger, and back up at word press? It's going to be an incredibly time consuming effort to shift nearly ten years of postings over to wordpress- Speaking of us both because I've been here since early 08 and am just months away from my 10 year anniversary- ( much like yourself) and I can't even imagine how I'll cross that bridge if/when I find myself at that position

      Again, I'm urging all the readers here, at North's blog or any of the bloggers you rely on to stay informed and get exposed to a diversity of opinion.... bookmark the blogs and spread the information you find value in.

      If you don't share then you are choosing to be a part of the problem rather then the solution- It's that serious!