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http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2011/07/15/google_memory_change_columbia_science_magazine_recent_study_reve.html

“Perhaps those who learn will become less occupied with facts and more engaged in larger questions of understanding,” she said.

This makes me wonder.

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  • I remember overhearing a conversation as a kid, many moons ago, that airline pilots were tested on thier flight theory with an open book approach. ie. they didn't have to memorise the entire operational flight manual, but had to know where to look in that manual to find the info they needed. I thought this was a brilliant idea, but always wondered how long they had to look up how to troubleshoot stalled engines when the airplane was in freefall.

    Now it seems keeping information externally from our brains has become a way of life. We might lose ownship of our own bit info as we publish it, but gain access to everyone else's info in the process.

    Search engines are making even the limited requirment to remember where something is stored obsolete, but also necessary as we humans pool more and more of our information.

    This should be a call out to Benltey's development team - If the same process of pooling building infomation (BIM) means mentally losing track of where that info resides, we need a robust search engine that can find / crossrefernce info for us at least as intuitvly as Google can find images of "robot sheep" or whatever else I choose to search for.