Science Oxford Online has an interview with neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield where she argues that too much connection to digital technologies is as much as a threat to humanity as climate change.
How does ‘climate change relate to the concept of ‘mind change’?
Mind change and climate change are both critical scenarios concerning governments and negotiations between countries. There is sometimes an idea that science can save us through climate policy and eco products. An example of how quickly mind change can happen is the way that everyone now recognises the telephone. It may affect boys and girls differently according to the technologies they interact with and influence relations with developing countries. Time spent in virtual environments could lead to behaviour which is individualistic, reclusive, and child like with a high level of greed, impulsivity and disregard for consequences.
Apart from this quite startling claim, for which she cites no actual evidence, I’m just a little struck by how odd the whole interview is.
The interview was done over the phone and I’ve no idea how it’s been edited, but it seems a strange mixture of over-generalisations and, sometimes, answers that don’t even seem relevant to the actual questions.
Link to Susan Greenfield interview on ‘mind change’.