By Matt Richtel
From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a super, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s tremendous impact at the human brain and society, dramatically-told during the lens of a sad “texting-while-driving” motor vehicle crash that claimed the lives of 2 rocket scientists in 2006.
In this formidable, compelling, and fantastically written ebook, Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the recent York occasions, examines the effect of know-how on our lives during the tale of Utah university pupil Reggie Shaw, who killed scientists whereas texting and riding. Richtel follows Reggie during the tragedy, the police research, his prosecution, and finally, his redemption.
In the wake of his adventure, Reggie has develop into a number one recommend opposed to “distracted driving.” Richtel interweaves Reggie’s tale with state of the art medical findings relating to human realization and the influence of know-how on our brains, offering stable, useful, and actionable options to assist deal with this trouble separately and as a society.
A propulsive learn jam-packed with attention-grabbing, obtainable element, riveting narrative stress, and emotional intensity, a perilous Wandering explores one of many largest questions of our time—what is all of our expertise doing to us?—and presents unsettling and critical solutions and knowledge all of us want.
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Additional info for A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention
Kames draws an analogy between attention and the “tone” of mind—or mood—which likewise has some degree of power to influence the mind’s direction. ”23 If one splits attention among several ideas in the train concurrently, all ideas are weakened. It is better, Kames suggests, to concentrate the mind’s most voluntary power on one idea at a time. Like his account of the filter, Kames’s actual definition of attention grants some volition within the constraints of a relatively passive mental process: “Attention is that state of mind which prepares one to receive impressions.
Only a limited amount of information is perceived out of the larger available share. Perceivers find it easier to filter out or ignore incoming sensory information when their attention is already occupied. In order to shift a perceiver’s current focus, a new object must command powerful interest. The mind at first appears passive in Leibniz’s model—objects “hold” and “act upon” our attentions without much effort or consent. But his use of the phrase “selectively asleep” to describe the attention’s stance toward filtered-out information offers an intriguing hint of voluntary exclusion, a connotation quite unlike Locke’s unequivocal assertion that the mind takes “no notice” and 26 Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century acquires “no perception” of unattended objects.
In order to shift a perceiver’s current focus, a new object must command powerful interest. The mind at first appears passive in Leibniz’s model—objects “hold” and “act upon” our attentions without much effort or consent. But his use of the phrase “selectively asleep” to describe the attention’s stance toward filtered-out information offers an intriguing hint of voluntary exclusion, a connotation quite unlike Locke’s unequivocal assertion that the mind takes “no notice” and 26 Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century acquires “no perception” of unattended objects.