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The journal Science (via the BBC) considers research that our memories are no longer so full of answers, but instead fuller of where those answers are kept – on-line.

Is this a good thing do you think ?  Do we need to retain all this information when instead we can just use the internet as “transactive memory” …

transactive memory

“An idea that there are external memory sources – really storage places that exist in other people”

“I really think the internet has become a form of this transactive memory, and I wanted to test it”

(Dr Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University – lead research author)

So … the internet isn’t making us stupid … it is just changing us into a walking indexing service !

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