Consider the words we use to describe the result: human error, distraction, lack of attention, sloppiness–all negative terms, all implying the inferiority of people. Distraction, in particular, is the byword of the day–responsible for everything from poor interpersonal relationships to car accidents.
Curiosity: It’s a natural human trait. My curiosity frequently leads me to insights that have helped me in my career. So why is this wonderful, creative trait of curiosity given the negative term “distraction”?
—Dan Norman, in ‘Why bad technology dominates our lives‘
Cognitive scientists (I am one) have long known that the human nervous system is very sensitive to changes in the environment. As a result, we are naturally curious. This sensitivity keeps us alert to environmental changes, both good and bad, that might affect us. It also allows us to notice novel patterns and opportunities. Curiosity is a great source of creativity, as studies have shown.
Curiosity is, on the whole, a virtue. We have evolved to be curious. Our nervous system is especially sensitive to change, and changes in the environment attract attention. But the technology-centered view labels this natural, creative trait as a liability: Curiosity is renamed as distraction. A human virtue is now turned into a liability.
If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.
—Chief Dan George (read in this week’s hacker newsletter)
Some debtors quit their jobs so they can crack open their pension pots to fend off creditors—and then reapply for the same position, says Mr Manyike.
In South Africa, more people have loans than jobs
I always say to people, pick a crystal with your heart.
I have cards that explain each one. But, if you start reading the cards, your ego gets in the way.
It’s four in the morning… – BBC News
In the developed world they have been replaced with machines.
The irony is hard to miss: humans tamed horses and put them to work until they invented something that worked at greater speed and lower cost, which replaced them. Could humans one day make themselves obsolescent in the same way?
How the horse made history, August 4, 2017 at 01:53AM