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Future Minds: How the Digital Age is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters and What We Can Do About It by Richard Watson

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This book is partly a sequel and partly a prequel to my previous book, Future Files. It’s about work, education, time and space, books, baths, sleep, music, and other things that influence our thinking. It’s also about how something as physical, finite, and flimsy as a 1.5kg box of proteins and carbohydrates can generate something as infinite and valuable as an idea. Most of all, it’s a book of concepts and conversation starters, with 10 key trends as the unifying force, including what I call constant partial stupidity, digital isolation, and a return to the real. It delves into the implications of living in a digital age.

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