Saturday, January 13, 2018

Humans, Don't Do It!

I recently had a conversation with a young teacher.  I felt it was high time the ten-year-old in question learned the multiplication chart, especially the two and three times tables.  She felt that children will always have a calculator at their fingertips, so wondered if it was necessary.  I told her humans should NEVER settle for technology doing their thinking for them.  She will start him on learning the times tables.

Humans, maintain your thinking power.  Do not get in a car without a gas or brake pedal.  Do not allow a car to drive without your brain and physical actions calling the shots.  The car that thinks for you can drive you off a cliff or into the big rig in front of you.  The car that drives itself can make you go 200 mph on the wrong side of the road.  Why would you want to give your power away?

Get directions and use your brain to figure out how to get to your destination.  Perhaps you need to speak with someone in advance at the location, but don't listen to a voice telling you when to turn while you drive, unless it's a human in the front seat reading the directions to you.  "Navigation" GPS will support you in forgetting how to think.

Parking and backing up without a camera or sensors is another way to keep your skills sharp.

Notice how often you surrender your cognitive functions to technology as a first step, and take your power back by starting to thinking as a second step. a book. :)

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