The god called Google

SOME sociologists reckon Google could be seen as the new god because it is omnipresent, infinite and potentially immortal.

But American technology writer Nicholas Carr argues in his book The Shallows that, the internet is changing how our brains work, We are getting lost in an ocean of fast-scrolling superficial information. It is making us shallow and chipping away our capacity for concentration and contemplation

“Whether I’m online or not, my mind now expects to take in information the way the net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles, says Carr. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a jet ski.
“I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages.’’

There’s nothing wrong with absorbing information quickly and in bits. The ability to scan and browse is as important as the ability to read deeply and think attentively. The problem is that skimming is becoming our dominant mode of thought. Acquiring bits of knowledge is not the same as acquiring wisdom.

We’ve pumped up our adrenaline so much that we no longer, it seems, have time for philosophical or spiritual reflection.

We live in a world where almost everyone knows Disney, Lady GaGa and McDonalds but Plato is less and less known, even in Greece.

Our culture has a tendency to drama.
The shock jocks report breathlessly on celebrity misbehaviour, walkouts, threats, political power play and schism. Everything is a crisis and were addicted to it. Calmness is seen as inaction.

It’s all cyclical of course, What goes round comes round.

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17 thoughts on “The god called Google

  1. First statement here; “Google has knowledge of the past only. Everything on its servers is past information. Everything. Nothing is present knowledge.
    Well, Google has unimaginable power of knowledge. Un-disputably Google posses information on grand scale never presented to humanity before. Knowing how to extract useful parts of information out of the bulk gives one huge power in our economy driven world. As to potentially immortal; I don’t think so. All it takes is to pull the plug. This store of past information is totally dependent on electricity and modern technology. Withholding that Google it’s dead with all its server farms.
    Human has much greater ability than Google, we have the ability to be in the present, which contains all the past and future in that moment. In the present moment is all knowing. No machine will ever achieve that. This should put all the fears out of our souls forever that machines will one day rule the Earth. We have always an edge on any machine.

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      • Yep, I grew up in communist regime. I know well how the pyramid is build. Few on top having everything to say and the rest is dispersed bellow according to loyalty. As a disloyal person, I was always in trouble with the secret police. Hence my scepticism about any politician or political system. As Plato have said; Democracy is the art of governing oneself.

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      • Fossall, I always find it interesting to hear from someone who has experienced Communism. They often set people straight who still have a hankering for control from the top, those who believe that the masses need to be controlled like little children from a select few who are supposedly superior in wisdom.

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      • I’m not convinced “wisdon” has much to do with it Kathleen. More like ‘authority’.
        Not unlike the “select few” aka ‘The Trinity’.
        None of them have ever laid claim to ‘wisdom’ either. Just ‘authority’.

        As for “people who still have a hankering for control from the top,……

        “:- “Eurasia and Eastasia are the other two ideologically-formed and -ruled superstates that resemble Oceania. Neo-Bolshevism is the ideology of Eurasia, Soviet-conquered Europe. Death Worship (Obliteration of the Self) is the Chinese name for the ideology of Eastasia. The ruling oligarchies of the three superstates are aware that their ideologies are philosophically indistinguishable, a fact kept from, and denied by, their populaces via doublethink.”

        …….you can find them in the churches,synogogues and mosques.*

        And yet, most curiously coincidently, neither ‘Fuhrer’ (Big Brother, God) ever actually existed.
        Both are inventions of the relevant bureaucracies.
        (The ones Dreamweaver suggests should rule the world because: “at least they have earned their positions, are well informed, represent a wide area of fields, are not bound by a party platform” )

        *( After you’ve voted for whatever wise politician (s) for whom you have a “hankering”. You DO vote, don’t you?)

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      • I’ll follow God’s authority. That’s it.

        If I have a need to be lead, like a sheep, I’ll be God’s sheep (only).

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      • But, Kathleen, that’s the whole point:- You don’t HAVE to be lead by anybody/anything.
        ‘To thine own self be true…’

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  2. Ingsoc:-
    Slogan(s), “War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.”
    “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.”

    Sound familiar?

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      • Try re-reading Brave New World as a sort of ‘overlay’/extension to that and see if you can avoid recognising the world we live in today.
        Doubleplusungood!

        ….pass the Soma!
        (“All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.” )

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      • Yike!……..just had this horrifying Revelationary-Apocalyptic-type vision of Monica with a couple of grammes of Soma in her! :shock:!

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      • Well Dabs,

        I thought I might like to have a margarita at the Christmas party Friday night but I couldn’t drink it, it was so strong. So then I ordered a glass of lemonaide and mixed the two together so as to dilute the margarita, but even then I couldn’t drink it. So, for the whole of the night out I had two glasses of water and a small lemon, lime and bitters to drink, but I had a good time anyway. 😉

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      • That response shows the level of intelligence and adroit footwork one might expect from a highly-skilled apologist or Born-Againer, Mon.

        You should be fighting above your weight; no opponent would be able to lay a glove on you! (Not one you’d notice, anyway! 😉 )

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  3. I wouldn’t count on it fossall: “We have always an edge on any machine.”
    More and more we have machines making our decisions and performing our tasks, because they do it better, faster, more consistently, more error-free and more ruthlessly, since they have no sense of morality or legality causing hesitation.

    I understand that entire (nuclear) missile systems can, given certain circumstances, be launched untouched by human intervention. Remember MAD?

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