Essay on Digital Knowledge And Its Effect On Human Thinking

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The ease of acquiring knowledge in this digital age one ponders whether that further develops or hinders the art of human thinking. There appears to be an overreliance on other sources than our own knowledge with an automatic go to google as a preference rather than thinking for yourself and a reluctance to problem solve or in creating the knowledge
Beslisle (2006, p.58) defines digital knowledge as a new condition of knowledge which can be processed and transformed by technological tools. According to Geisler (2008, p. 19), digital knowledge is knowledge not only accessed through digital tools, but also partially processed through digital tools. Knowledge is structured beyond the trinity of hierarchical definitions of data, information, and knowledge (Geisler 2008, p. 19).
Knowledge can only happen within a human mind, considering that consciousness is a characteristic of living beings. Computers have forever changed our conception of ourselves, of the human mind, of what thinking involves and what is a human mind (Beslisle 2006, p.57,63). Turchin (1977, para. 1) says “We still know so little about the process of thinking and the structure of the thinking brain that any theory claiming to explain this phenomenon as a whole is hypothetical. Thus, our conception of thinking must also be treated as a hypothesis and, we assert that the appearance of thinking beings, which marks the beginning of a new stage--perhaps a new era--in evolution (the era of reason).” ‘Modernity’ is…

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