What would Socrates think of Google?

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  2011-12-08
Resource Name:  Challenge Information Overload blog
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I was discussing with a college student I’ve been advising whether it was a good or a bad thing that Google makes access to answers so easy. To my surprise, she opined that it’s a bad thing – because people who use Google to answer a question are more likely to forget the answer they find, whereas if they have to think the problem through and discover the answer for themselves they will remember it in the long term. This shows that our ambivalence to information use goes back to antiquity…