Incessant Connection, Total Distraction: Learning and Identity in the Cyber-Age

Lauren de Boer, MA, (United States) writer, composer, spiritual ecologist, TIES Adjunct Faculty

We live in a time when our technologies are increasingly colonizing our attention. In addition, there is a premium put on analytical thinking over the intuitive, fast thinking over reflection and contemplation, doing over being, and movement over staying put. Our immersion in the cyber-world is not only changing the way we think, but the physical structure of our brains. This seminar will explore various queries, among them: What are we distracted from? What is the quality of deep thought? What implications does a state of distraction have personally and on a planetary level? What are other queries we need to be exploring?