Berry vs. The Geekosphere

“The most radical influence of reductive science has been the virtually universal adoption of the idea that the world, its creatures, and all the parts of its creatures are machines—that is, that there is no difference between creature and artifice, birth and manufacture, thought and computation. Our language, wherever it is used, is now almost invariably conditioned by the assumption that fleshly bodies are machines full of mechanisms, fully compatible with the mechanisms of medicine, industry, and commerce; and that minds are computers fully compatible with electronic technology.”This may have begun as a metaphor, but in the language as it is used (and as it affects industrial practice) it has evolved from metaphor through equation to identification. And this usage institutionalizes the human wish, or the sin of wishing, that life might be, or might be made to be, predictable.”

Wendell Berry

Mind Performance Hacks provides real-life tips and tools for overclocking your brain and becoming a better thinker. In the increasingly frenetic pace of today’s information economy, managing your life requires hacking your brain. With this book, you’ll cut through the clutter and tune up your brain intentionally, safely, and productively.

The O’Reilly & Associates book catalog.

2 thoughts on “Berry vs. The Geekosphere”

  1. It’s always amazing to me that people want us to adjust to the “increasingly frenetic pace of today’s information economy” but few seem to be questioning whether the economy should have such a “frenetic pace”. What if true happiness comes from slowing down our thinking (not “overclocking” it, as the catalog puts it)?

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