Friday, May 02, 2008

quoting the smart (4)

"The globalization paradigm emphasizes the fact that information can now travel 15,000 miles in an instant. But the most important part of information’s journey is the last few inches — the space between a person’s eyes or ears and the various regions of the brain. Does the individual have the capacity to understand the information? Does he or she have the training to exploit it? Are there cultural assumptions that distort the way it is perceived?"

-- David Brooks, New York Times op-ed columnist, and one smart conservative. The first candidate, Republican or Democrat, to really listen to him will win the presidency. And the country that encourages -- or demands -- intelligent, responsible digital interaction will truly advance in the "cognitive age."

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