Your brain on technology--Mike Wittmer wrote an interesting article after reviewing several books on the effects of technology. Some of these I see in my practice every day. We are losing our capacity to think deeply because of the power of the net.
Internet lessons--On a slightly different note, John Mark Reynolds shares his lessons over many years of being online. There is a great deal of wisdom in this essay. Here are a few choice tidbits:
- Some people are so overwhelmed they stop having opinions, at least in public. These sad souls, the Hamlets of the Internet, develop an open mindedness so great that it turns into intellectual cowardice. It is hard to grow when you will not stake out a position and think it through in dialog with other people. They can see all sides, but will commit to none and so they never see their own or others errors.
- The best way to dialog on the Net is to express strong opinions and argue for them. At the same time, write as if you are speaking to people created in God’s image. Change your mind. Lose arguments and admit when you lose, but keep trying.
- Worst is to end up only reading sites that reinforce what I already think. It is easy to end up running in a circle of ten or so sources. With access to the intellectual wealth of ages, we limit ourselves to what we already know or believe. This is a crime and stunts our growth. For every site that agree with me, I try to find a worthy opponent to sharpen my thinking. This helps me avoid intellectual isolation.
Follow up on Family Worship--A few days ago, I posted a link to the first part of a series on family worship put out by RC Sproul Jr. Today the follow up appeared. Scripture memory, scripture, and prayer are here today.