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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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Chapter 2Pre-Teens: An Apple for Every Teacher

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”

Plutarch, 46–120AD

It is the current generation of under-10s (Millennials, Gen A, Gen Z, iGen, or iKidz) even more than screenagers who will really push the cultural and neurological boundaries. For instance, with younger children it’s sometimes not clear whether they’re in the real world or a virtual world and whether they perceive any difference between the two. This is the generation for whom there will be much less distinction between biological objects and machines, and for whom genetics, robotics, nanotechnology, and the internet will evolve beyond anything any adult can currently imagine in their wildest dreams.

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