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Is the internet making us stupid?

Please refer to the following article ("Is Google Making Us Stupid?"). I think that radio, television, the internet, and unhealthy/altered foods have all been creating negative effects on human cognition since their introduction. From a Bible prophecy perspective, this could also be related to Satan's agenda of establishing the Mark of the Beast. Perhaps, Satan has been using technology like television and internet for the past century to make humans stupid. He's been trying to discredit God from the beginning and has been infiltrating various religions (even Judaism and Christianity). When God sent His prophets with the message of repentance to the Jews during the Old Testament times, the Jewish people had a sociopathic mentality (just like Satan) and they killed God's prophets as they hated hearing the message of repentance (the need for change). Later on when John the Baptist and Jesus Christ ministered, the Jews continued their hatred to God's call for repentance. They beheaded John the Baptist and then later crucified Jesus Christ. When the Jews were plotting to kill Jesus, Jesus knew their hearts and that's why He called them the children of the devil. Children of the devil have the same character as Satan- they are sociopaths. The apostle Paul warned that false teachers (agents of Satan) would creep in to mislead and deceive even Christians with false teachings. During the time of the early church, Peter and Jude also addressed the menace of false teachers and their teachings. Jude specifically taught how there people in churches during that time who taught a perversion of God's grace (licentiousness). Later on, Satan corrupted the Catholic church through it's various practices and orchestrated the Protestant Reformation as a false/deceptive solution to reform such corruption. The result has been the creation of "Christian" sociopaths who justify their ongoing evil behavior with their doctrines (ex. Protestant ideologies such as Calvinism). For more regarding Calvinism, please refer to my other posts: "Calvinism and OSAS (once saved always saved) exposed," "The Psychology of Salvation," "More on church psychology," "None dare call them sociopaths," "non-Calvinist denominations," "Understanding the psychology of the Plymouth Brethren/Kerala Brethren," and "Understanding the psychology of Pentecostals". 
Perhaps, Satan has moved on to his last phase of his assault in order to prepare humans (by making them dumb/less resistant) to receive the Mark of the Beast and become his slaves- where he's using radio (through bad music), television (through bad and addictive shows/movies, through its hypnotic effect, etc.), the internet (where it's taken up all forms of entertainment and even learning), and unhealthy/genetically modified foods/additives/preservatives to alter and destroy human cognition. I think this could possibly be the reason behind more and more people developing learning disorders like ADHD and mental disorders like OCD.


OCD consists of intrusive thoughts which a person has to battle against. I think our environment around us could possibly be creating disorders like OCD.




In recent times, I've come across disturbing news how technology leaders are envisioning a robot hybridization of humans through robotic chip implants (please refer to my other posts for more information regarding this- "Common agendas for a new world order," "The deception of robotic implants to make humans godlike," and "Mind control tools being developed?").

A quote from the above article by Nicholas Carr:
"Bruce Friedman, who blogs regularly about the use of computers in medicine, also has described how the Internet has altered his mental habits. “I now have almost totally lost the ability to read and absorb a longish article on the web or in print,” he wrote earlier this year. A pathologist who has long been on the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School, Friedman elaborated on his comment in a telephone conversation with me. His thinking, he said, has taken on a “staccato” quality, reflecting the way he quickly scans short passages of text from many sources online. “I can’t read War and Peace  anymore,” he admitted. “I’ve lost the ability to do that. Even a blog post of more than three or four paragraphs is too much to absorb. I skim it.”

Anecdotes alone don’t prove much. And we still await the long-term neurological and psychological experiments that will provide a definitive picture of how Internet use affects cognition. But a recently published study of online research habits , conducted by scholars from University College London, suggests that we may well be in the midst of a sea change in the way we read and think. As part of the five-year research program, the scholars examined computer logs documenting the behavior of visitors to two popular research sites, one operated by the British Library and one by a U.K. educational consortium, that provide access to journal articles, e-books, and other sources of written information. They found that people using the sites exhibited “a form of skimming activity,” hopping from one source to another and rarely returning to any source they’d already visited. They typically read no more than one or two pages of an article or book before they would “bounce” out to another site. Sometimes they’d save a long article, but there’s no evidence that they ever went back and actually read it. The authors of the study report:

It is clear that users are not reading online in the traditional sense; indeed there are signs that new forms of “reading” are emerging as users “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages and abstracts going for quick wins. It almost seems that they go online to avoid reading in the traditional sense.
Thanks to the ubiquity of text on the Internet, not to mention the popularity of text-messaging on cell phones, we may well be reading more today than we did in the 1970s or 1980s, when television was our medium of choice. But it’s a different kind of reading, and behind it lies a different kind of thinking—perhaps even a new sense of the self. “We are not only what we read,” says Maryanne Wolf, a developmental psychologist at Tufts University and the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. “We are how we read.” Wolf worries that the style of reading promoted by the Net, a style that puts “efficiency” and “immediacy” above all else, may be weakening our capacity for the kind of deep reading that emerged when an earlier technology, the printing press, made long and complex works of prose commonplace. When we read online, she says, we tend to become “mere decoders of information.” Our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connections that form when we read deeply and without distraction, remains largely disengaged.

Reading, explains Wolf, is not an instinctive skill for human beings. It’s not etched into our genes the way speech is. We have to teach our minds how to translate the symbolic characters we see into the language we understand. And the media or other technologies we use in learning and practicing the craft of reading play an important part in shaping the neural circuits inside our brains. Experiments demonstrate that readers of ideograms, such as the Chinese, develop a mental circuitry for reading that is very different from the circuitry found in those of us whose written language employs an alphabet. The variations extend across many regions of the brain, including those that govern such essential cognitive functions as memory and the interpretation of visual and auditory stimuli. We can expect as well that the circuits woven by our use of the Net will be different from those woven by our reading of books and other printed works."

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