Sunday, May 8, 2011

Books — Changing Minds and Brains

Photo: Michael Hale

"Neuroscientists have discovered that reading on computer screens or Kindle e-reader screens causes changes in white matter, the nerve strands which help different parts of the brain communicate with each other. [...]" — from The Digirata

"[...] the physical side of reading depends not on the bad aspects of computer screens but on the brilliance of the traditional book — sheets bound on end, the “codex” — which remains the most brilliant design of the last several thousand years. Technologists have (as usual) decreed its disappearance without bothering to understand it. [...]" — David Gelernter (a professor of computer science at Yale University)

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