Electronic/World Wide Web>Blog:  Noe, Alva (9/20/2011), Google Is Not Making You Stupid, National Public Radio (NPR), Retrieved on 2011-09-20
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    20 SEP 2011

     Cognitive Prostheses

    The sense-represent-plan-act picture is a heroic one, but it is biologically implausible. I don't need to memorize the layout of the physical environment around me — this desk, this room, this city, this country. After all, the desk, room, city are there before me and we are built — through evolution — to have ready sensory access to it. Shut your eyes. Can you remember the detailed layout around you? It turns out that beyond the broad outlines — the basic schematic organization of...
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    Google doesn't make us stupider by letting us get by without having to remember things we can retrieve, and the idea that it does comes from a misunderstanding about how humans remember things and how we have always used technology to supplement our memories.