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Future Minds: How the Digital Age is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters and What We Can Do About It

Book Description

Future Minds illustrates how to maximise the potential of digital technology and minimise its greatest downside, addressing the future of thinking and how we can ensure that we unleash the extraordinary potential of the human mind. We are on the cusp of a revolution. Mobile phones, computers and iPods are commonplace in hundreds of millions of households worldwide, influencing how we think and shaping how we interact. In the future, smart machines will compete with clever people for employment and even human affection. We are shifting to a world where knowledge will be automated and people will be rewarded instead as conceptual and creative thinkers. Hence being able to think and act in ways that machines cannot will become vital. Ideas are the currency of this new economy and curiosity and imagination are among the key raw materials.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Overture: Screen Culture
  6. Part One: How the Digital Era is Changing Our Minds
    1. 1 The Rise of the Screenager
      1. 10 ways screenagers are thinking differently
      2. They want it and they want it now
      3. Connectivity addiction
      4. Multitasking mayhem
      5. The screenage brain
      6. Are IQ tests making kids stupid?
    2. 2 Pre-Teens: An Apple for Every Teacher
      1. Not enough thinking inside the sand box
      2. A cut-and-paste education
      3. Why books still matter
      4. We need more childlike thinking
      5. Dare to dream
      6. 10 ways our education system could stimulate young minds
  7. Part Two: Why this Matters
    1. 3 Thinking About Thinking
      1. 10 ways our minds are different to our machines
      2. Computers are stupid
      3. A good idea?
      4. Thinking ahead
      5. Do we own our own thinking?
      6. Out of sight but (perhaps) not out of mind
    2. 4 The Sex Life of Ideas
      1. Where do ideas come from, daddy?
      2. Mental impasses and gridlocks
      3. Being unconventional
      4. Quantity is quality
      5. Two brains are better than one
      6. Why clever people make dumb mistakes
      7. Why we need to take our ideas to bed
      8. Daydream believer
      9. Music on the brain
      10. Distributed intelligence
      11. Celebrate serendipity
      12. 10 ways to breed ideas
    3. 5 Thinking Spaces
      1. Where do people do their deepest thinking?
      2. 10 of my favorite ways to create deep thinking spaces
      3. Why we don’t think at work
      4. Natural thinking spaces
      5. An innocent question
      6. Gardening as a metaphor for business
      7. Deliberately designed work spaces
      8. I think therefore iPod
      9. Cathedrals for ideas
      10. Organized chaos
      11. Paperless offices
      12. You don’t need to work here to work here
      13. Telepresence and other warped ideas
      14. The business of busyness
      15. Domestic thinking spaces
      16. Third places
      17. Change your routine
      18. 10 ways in which objects and environments deepen our thinking
  8. Part Three: What we can do about It
    1. 6 How to Clear a Blocked Brain
      1. Create time and space
      2. Become intellectually promiscuous
      3. Keep an ideas diary
      4. Retain an open mind
      5. Use the bathroom
      6. Be patient
      7. The benefits of boredom
      8. Lose your inhibitions
      9. Embrace failure
      10. Share the problem
      11. Don’t go to work
    2. 7 Future Minds
      1. Control-Alt-Delete
      2. Reclaiming the time and space to think
      3. Not so easy
      4. From small beginnings
  9. A Taste of Future Minds: 10 Predictions
  10. Notes
  11. Bibliography
  12. A few interesting websites
  13. The soundtrack to the book
  14. Acknowledgments
  15. Index