The following is excerpted from Clive Thompson’s book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better, out now from the Penguin Press. Is the Internet ruining our ability to remember facts?
In my family, we have laughingly referred to each other (or, more often, our kids) as our external hard drives. This article explains why we use each other’s memory and why we can be glad we do.
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