Are Satellite Navigation Devices Rotting Our Brains?

They are a major convenience. Once you’ve entered the needed data, all one needs is to follow the directions of the device. This would seem to require minimal, if any, hippocampal processing, and even less processing by the caudate nucleus.

So even if these devices are not rotting our brains, they seem to be making us more stupid, or less intelligent, if you prefer. Given the current situation in the United States, it appears that we are suffering from a stupidity pandemic.

When the Affordable Care Act was being debated, a young lady who was highly plugged in was asked what she thought of Obama Care. She said that she was strongly against it. But when she was asked about the Affordable Care Act, she said that she was strongly in favor. Now the two were one and the same. Opponents called it Obama Care and their commentary was highly negative. Clearly the processing of this plugged in young lady was stuck in superficial System 1 processing, and did little, if any, critical thinking (System 2).

Today virtually all knowledge is available on the world wide web. Unfortunately, there is also a large amount of misinformation and disinformation available. So one needs to be careful about information sources and needs to think critically.

Unfortunately, one can easily look up a topic on the Wikipedia and mistakenly think that they know the information. Learning and knowing involve System 2 processing and critical thinking. Too many people think that because they are using technology they’re plugged in and up to date. Sans System 2 critical thinking their information could be wrong.

Moreover, learning involves deep processing, System 2 and possibly above. Enter “Deep Processing: into the search block of the healthy memory blog,

So, in answer to the title of this post, it is not only satellite technology, but technology in general that could be rotting our brains, resulting in higher incidences of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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