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Quote of the week: Psychologists Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

From the Los Angeles Times: “Before the Computer Age, chess grandmasters used to study chess books before matches. But now they use laptops to review hundreds of games in rapid succession...

“Before the Computer Age, chess grandmasters used to study chess books before matches. But now they use laptops to review hundreds of games in rapid succession, in effect ‘downloading’ into their minds knowledge that is customized for their next opponent. The result is that today’s grandmasters play the game better than their predecessors did. If we consider all the implications of this ‘just in time’ approach to acquiring and using information, we may be forced to re-evaluate the nature of knowledge, wisdom, and intelligence. It may make less sense to focus on the capabilities of an individual person, and more sense to think about the individual plus the cloud of technology and information that he or she has access to at any given moment.”

Psychologists Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons in the Los Angeles Times

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