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Live Chat with TED Books author Howard Rheingold today at 2pm Eastern: Can our digital tools make us smarter?

Continuing with our series of TED book chats, for the next few weeks we'll be discussing Howard Rheingold's new TED eBook, "Mind Amplifier".

Do we humans co-evolve with the tools we build? Can our tools actually make us smarter? "Mind Amplifier" explores the origins of our digital tools, and lays out a framework for harnessing them to collectively and collaboratively solve our most pressing problems.

The book is available for Kindle, Nook, and iOS devices (which have a great new custom TED Books app):

Kindle copy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009GQXRQ8

iOS app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ted-books/id511071050?mt=8

The author will be joining us for a live Q&A November 8th at 2pm Eastern, mark your calendars!

You can also watch Howard's 2005 TEDTalk, linked below.

So, let's get things started... do our new online tools make us smarter? And if not, can we design and use them in a way that does?


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    Nov 8 2012: Not arguing the case for religion, always want to question any belief structure first, make sure it is truly in the interest of the population and not just the ruling elite. Love and peace are only achievable in the fair allocation of resources and in case no one noticed trees and whales are getting incredibly scarce. Humans are only at the top of the evolutionary tree at the moment and we really need to watch it. Hate fracing of any kind and really worried about the increased volume of water in the oceans and it's impact on weather systems and hence food crops. Love to you all.
    Anyone notice how the Nike statue in Woolwich, U.K. looks like a whale's tail fin. Nike as in ancient greek goddess of victory by the way !!!
    • Nov 8 2012: Absolutely -- questioning any beliefs, including the belief in science as the arbiter of knowledge -- is essential. Critical thinking! Can morality and critical thinking co-evolve? Why not?
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        Nov 8 2012: Thank you Howard - don't want to annoy people, do sometimes get a bit off topic. Thank you again for the lovely debate.

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