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David Brooks on his "Outsourced Brain"
Merlin Mann | Oct 26 2007
NYT's David Brooks on outsourcing memory, reference, and decision-making to things that theoretically do it better:
And, ironically enough, if you didn't catch the Grapes of Wrath reference, it's easy enough to find it. Because, if you're like me, sometimes you also outsource your pop culture knowledge to Google, Wikipedia, and IMDB.
As for Brooks' opening anecdote -- using a GPS? A life-saver for me. Ever since moving from a state where everything orients on a north-south grid to a place where diagonals and seemingly non-Euclidean intersections rule, I'd be literally lost without my Nüvi.
Previously (and mentioned in Brooks' piece): Clive Thompson on the downside of the outboard brain.
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