Combining Minds

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Articles can get their ideas across the first time you read them, but when you try to explain them, nothing comes out. It takes multiple reads to dive deeper into the mindset of authors. The authors of the two articles had very complex thoughts and made me feel they were confused themselves. It took many slow readings, note taking, and mind mapping to compare not only the similarities, but also the differences. A common theme that caught my attention was Rucker’s faking intelligence idea and Kosslyn’s idea of how the internet and technology has become an extension of themselves. We both decided that we wanted to extend on these ideas. The view points of these authors can be interpreted in different ways. My perspective was positive and exciting. I have so many ideas right at my fingertips at all time. I no longer need to wonder, I just Google. Joy’s perspective seemed more negative regarding how technology is effecting us. We no longer feel the need to memorize information and she thought that we should. After trying to compromise on what side they intended, we decided that we could both express our views. The video we played was a great way to not only tie both of these perspectives together but also to express both of our view points.

When starting our presentation, we wanted to be able to use tools that were not already used. Being second to last, this was a difficult task. We chose Emaze from a Google search and were excited to learn how to use it. It was frustrating at times because neither one of us knew the answers when we would encounter problems. I found it interesting that Google Forms was not used in any of the previous presentations. The multiple possibilities with add ons like Flubaroo and the fact that it is so user friendly made it seemed like a great option. I learned about AnswerGarden at the Great 14 conference and decided to introduce it to those in the class that did not attend that session. We used this tool to express how people felt when asked to stand up and use non-dominant hand to write. The results from this survey was extremely interesting to me when I compared their responses to how I feel when I do not have my phone. This proved to me that technology, especially my phone, has become an extension to my life.


Rucker, R. (2011). Search and emergence. In J. Brockman (Ed.), Is the Internet changing the way you think? Retrieved from

Kosslyn, S. (2011). A small price to pay. In J. Brockman (Ed.), Is the Internet changing the way you think? Retrieved from

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