clive thompson

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intro’d to Clive via his new book..

smarter than you think

book links to amazon


smarter than you think on kindle notes

an audacious idea. What would happen if, instead of competing against one another, humans and computers collaborated

Feynman understood the extended mind; he knew that writing his equations and ideas on paper was crucial to his thought. But when Weiner looked over a pile of Feynman’s notebooks, he called them a wonderful “record of his day-to-day work.” No, no, Feynman replied testily. They weren’t a record of his thinking process. They were his thinking process

three shifts—infinite memory, dot connecting, explosive publishing—are

We’re becoming more conversational thinkers—a shift that has been rocky, not least because everyday public thought uncorks the incivility and prejudices that are commonly repressed in face-to-face life. But at its best (which, I’d argue, is surprisingly often), it’s a thrilling development, reigniting ancient traditions of dialogue and debate

We need a new way to talk clearly about the rewards and pleasures of our digital experiences—one that’s rooted in our lived experience and also detangled from the hype of Silicon Valley

it turns out that when chess players were genuinely passionate about learning and being creative in their game, computers didn’t degrade their own human abilities. Quite the opposite: it helped them internalize the game much more profoundly and advance to new levels of human excellence.

on leaving a trail rather than trying/seeking to prove yourself

there’s something even more unusual about catching it unintentionally.

Once thinking is public, connections take over.

the first stage of conversational “augmented reality”: public thinking woven into our real-world public space

The tricky part of public thinking is that it works best in situations where people aren’t worried about “owning” ideas.


Still, for video to really advance as a medium for thinking, there’s one major shift that will have to occur: We’ll need to begin using it to communicate with ourselves.

unless there is. imagine an app that literally sets people free. imagine a turtle shell.

realistically, I suspect there’s no killer app to end distraction. The downsides of being highly networked are constitutionally tied to the benefits. The only way we can reduce the negative side effects is by changing our relationship to the digital environment, both as a society and as individuals.

You’ve got to make the systems so that they help people pay attention to the world in front of them.

…help people pay attention to the world in front of them.


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Clive writes for The New York Times MagazineThe Washington PostLingua FrancaWiredShiftEntertainment Weekly and several other publications….

like mother jones:

clive writing for mother jones



Clive on mesh net.. alter net.. ness .. oct 2013:

clive on mesh


wear able ness


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