An empirical test of ideas proposed by Martin Heidegger shows the
great German philosopher to be correct: Everyday tools really do
become part of ourselves.
The findings come from a deceptively simple study of people using
a computer mouse rigged to malfunction. The resulting disruption in
attention wasn’t superficial. It seemingly extended to the
very roots of cognition.
“The person and the various parts of their brain and the mouse
and the monitor are so tightly intertwined that they're just one
thing,” said Anthony Chemero, a cognitive scientist at Franklin
& Marshall College. “The tool isn't separate from you. It's
part of you.”
Computer Really Is a Part of You | Wired Science |
More food for thought in the tool
vs. crutch debate …
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