According to our own Dr Mark Sprevak, technology affects us, changes us...but it does so in a way that makes us differently intelligent rather than less intelligent! This has been the focus of the last event of Eidyn's outreach project "Philosophy in the Playground", in partnership with Summerhall and the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
The talk has attracted a lot of attention from the general public, but also from the media. An article based on the talk has been published by the Herald and Dr Sprevak's interview has been podcasted by the German radio RBB. So, if you've missed the talk and want to know how technology is affecting us, what's the future of our cognitive abilities given how much we are relying on technology, whether technology is beneficial for children or not, then you can read the article here.
Following the passion on display at the "Does technology make you smarter?", Dr Mark Sprevak has been also invited to take part in the Big Idea podcast of the University of Edinburgh.
The use of smartphones to remember things such as phone numbers or appointments, the continuous texting with friends, the reliance on electric calculators in classrooms - Dr Sprevak argues - boost, rather than reduce, our memory, literacy and numeracy skills.
Taking its lead from the recent Edinburgh International Science Festival, this Big Idea Podcast looks at how science is at the heart of everything. Three academics (Dr Mark Sprevak, Professor Joyce Tait, director of the Innogen Institute and Ian Sharman, a PhD student at Edinburgh College of Art), who appeared at various festival events, share their insights into how technology changes our ability to learn, what effect the media has on science, and the uncanny similarities between artists and scientists.
It's Accessible, interesting and intriguing! Don't miss the opportunity to hear this podcast.