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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 6How to Clear a Blocked Brain

“Gentlemen, we haven’t got the money, so we have got to think.”

Ernest Rutherford

In the first two parts of this book we have examined how the digital era, and screen culture in particular, is rewiring our brains and how young minds are doing things differently to their forebears, sometimes with quite alarming results. We have also delved into how the human brain works, particularly with regard to deep thinking and the generation of new ideas, and looked at how specific external environments can influence how we think and what we think about.

This chapter outlines ten useful attitudes and behaviors for fostering creative, wide, and reflective thinking. This is not an exhaustive list, but it does offer practical ...

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