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Originally Posted by Twinnuke View Post
We don't need to know where we came from to advanced into the future. We just have to remember the failures and not repeat them.
Well, that's what I mean. Although after thinking about it for a while, are there really "useful" situations in the past, with similar factors (like current technology and culture) that could help us make decisions nowadays? Is there anything we wouldn't do just based on common sense?

I would love replies/examples because I am genuinely curious about this.
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ahaha, I actually started to skim 3/4s the way through by habit.
holy crap..
I never read anything.
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The internet made me a little less smart and at the same time smarter

I know more random stuff now and more about computers but I seem to pay less attention in class

I believe the internet only helps you in stuff you're interested in
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post #54 of 115
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Originally Posted by sLowEnd View Post
The internet made me a little less smart and at the same time smarter

I know more random stuff now and more about computers but I seem to pay less attention in class

I believe the internet only helps you in stuff you're interested in
Another excellent post in this thread.
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I find i learn more general knowledge and then forget more grammar
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I think with such a ready supply of available information (whether or not people use it and understand it correctly is another issue) gives people the illusion of having knowledge and intelligence--like they're god just 'cause they can wiki a subject and read a few important catch-phrases and regurgitate it to someone--but for the most part, the deeper understanding is lacking. That's my opinion on what's going on. I think the people that would have good attention spans and intelligence will still have it, and the internet isn't going to change that--but the people that are stupid will still be stupid, they'll just appear to know what they're talking about when the actual intelligent people will know they're still full of ****...
    
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post #57 of 115
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Originally Posted by Coma View Post
Perhaps, but not in the way they're saying.

Being able to skim through is much more efficient than having to read the entire thing to find what you want.

It's kinda like doing a mental CTRL+F. It is much better for learning new things because you don't learn things that are useless to you.
There's also another thing to factor in, television literally changes your thought patterns into that of a passive and accepting sheeple, while books force you not only to pay greater attention but to actively process data. The internet is a combination of the two and varies wildly according to the content of any particular website.

One thing that is not debatable is that pager/IM language is slowly destroying literacy(what little that we had left here in the States).
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Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE View Post
I beleive this statement is true. Not only that but I have evidence for this.

The word ''FAIL''

FAIL this , FAIL that , Epic FAIL, Your so FAIL.

Its like now the human brain can only process so much and then it just gets a BSOD and the word FAIL pops in.

However anyway I do think that you do tend to skip over contents rather than read all of it sometimes.
Good point. Isn't, "Epic fail", substituting a noun with a verb? Surely it should read, "Epic failure"... Or, better still, "A failure of Epic proportions".

I believe that t'internet has both the capacity to make us more stupid and infinitely more intelligent and aware.

The tool is there... use it wisely.

[Edit} I miss the ENTERPRISE GRIN
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post #59 of 115
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I think with such a ready supply of available information (whether or not people use it and understand it correctly is another issue) gives people the illusion of having knowledge and intelligence--like they're god just 'cause they can wiki a subject and read a few important catch-phrases and regurgitate it to someone--but for the most part, the deeper understanding is lacking. That's my opinion on what's going on. I think the people that would have good attention spans and intelligence will still have it, and the internet isn't going to change that--but the people that are stupid will still be stupid, they'll just appear to know what they're talking about when the actual intelligent people will know they're still full of ****...
I agree I know of a few people I could put under this label as much as I hate to lol. Who just go on and on like oh i know this and that, well er... that sounds exactly how Wiki explains it and yesterday you didn't know a thing! Those people really annoy me, especially when they act like they took a degree to again that knowledge If you actually know something you can argue from a more steady standpoint that includes your point of view and not act a **** about it at the same time
Edited by Unstableiser - 6/20/08 at 2:26am
post #60 of 115
I can understand the argument, however, it depends on the invidividual.

If you spend your entire time on the internet on MySpace and YouTube, you won't learn a lot. I spend a lot of time on the internet literally researching and harvesting anything I am interested in. I have gained so much knowledge in a lot of areas over the past few years.

For me the internet is one big encyclopedia and I'm loving it
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