Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Echo Chamber

As any neuropsychologist could tell you, an echo chamber is just what the human brain needs, if you want to learn something. What we learn goes first into short-term memory and, if not reinforced there, down the memory hole in short order.

And that, in a nutshell, is what is so fascinating about the blogosphere. The memory or idea is refined in successive iterations and reiterations and thank you Mr. Wolcott, I do not need serial commas here. Just take a deep breath and read it aloud.

It is, in short, the creation of a collective brain. Of course, with the actual human brain you begin the study by looking at a brain and trying to understand the pathways and synapses, while with the virtual internet brain you begin by lookng at pathways and synapses and trying to visualize the brain, but basically we're talking intelligence, in portions so small that trillions inhabit a pinhead, but of such activity that an impulse traverses the globe in under a second.

No small thing.


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