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Is A New Kind Of Human Intelligence Evolving?

I woke up this morning, tapped my digital signal, and found this from Brian McGowan on Twitter: “What happens when complexity races ahead of the mind’s ability to adapt? When progress outpaces evolution? We need new solutions.”

Like a slow hunch, a version of this idea has been rattling around in my head for some weeks.  Specifically: Is there a new kind of human intelligence evolving?  Will our ability to work with knowledge in the face of limitless information select for a new kind of thinker in the 21st century?  I suspect it will.  Thinking and the creation of new ideas will require the capacity to balance limitless inputs with mindfulness and the ability to quiet one’s self.  We weren’t built for this but we’ll be forced to adapt.  We have to learn how to live with the technology we create.  Some of us better than others will master what Sherry Turkle has referred to as information choreography.

How we handle attention crash will evolve as one of the next generation’s great challenges.  As Brian suggested, we need solutions.  This will happen, of course, once we recognize that this is a real issue that needs attention.

*This blog post was originally published at 33 Charts*


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One Response to “Is A New Kind Of Human Intelligence Evolving?”

  1. Dan says:

    Intelligence has always been in a state of change. We need to remember that evolution is not the same as progress or improvement. I also think that we have to start asking what is intelligence? Or better, how many
    different types of intelligence are there? Why do we have such a narrow notion of it, when it is virtually changing all the time? What types of intelligence are we
    ignoring? How do different cultures understand intelligence?

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