One of Britain´s leading inventors has warned that a ´Google generation´ who rely on the internet for everything are in danger of becoming ´brain-dead´. Trevor Baylis, who invented the wind-up radio, said children are losing creativity and practical skills because they spend too much time in front of screens. The 75-year-old said he fears that the next generation of inventors is being lost, with young people often unable to make anything with their hands. But he said children could rediscover vital skills if schools used Meccano and other practical toys. Mr Baylis said: ´Children have got to be
Comments: See also below: "The Pope is right – we´ve lost the ability to slow down and think."
I disagree, with the pope and this guy both, I find that kids are curious about foreign countries, things that they never heard of before and the computer can bring the news to them about animals, politics, etc. of other countries. Use all things available.
I think a lot depends on what you use the internet for. If you are addicted to games and porn it´s not going to do a whole lot for you. If you use it to learn new things and stay informed, it is a wonderful tool. I think TV is the worst. Full of garbage and ads that turns you into a passive moron.
A lot of kids will become fairly brain-dead if they become so dependent on the internet, because they will not be able to do things the old-fashioned way.
Too late. Critical thinking in younger generations is a thing of the past. It began when schools dumbed down testing, competition and the necessity to work hard toward goals. Children were passed on to the next grade and classes went from those which required thought to those which required feeling, but little else. Heaven forbid a kid should feel bad not measuring up.
The younger Obama voters are good examples; they voted with what was cool and current without ever once examining what his policies would do to the country and to their own futures.
I can´t explain the older generations of Obama voters´ motives for voting for him except to posit that liberalism is a mental disorder, much like "oppositional behavioral disorder" (rotten, nasty, uncouth behavior).
#7 "...I can´t explain the older generations of Obama voters´ motives for voting for him…."
This mushiness of thinking has been going on for two-three generations now. The generation that is before the i-phone and Blackberry generation (the 35 and younger) still get their ´news´ from the World Report at six PM and the headline from the morning paper. They only click around on their computer for e-mail and maybe Facebook to communicate with their grand-kids. They have NO CLUE as to what is happening in today´s world. (This, of course, excludes those of us on lucianne…but we have to admit we´re in the minority.)
The internet has brought the world of information to children -- most of it free. There has never before been as much opportunity to learn as today. Trevor needs to apply himself to his creativeness -- maybe try the internet.
I think everyone is missing the point this gentleman is trying to make.
He is saying that due to the proliferation of screen-based activities, HAND-based activities are being left behind.
Its one thing to read about stuff; its another whole order of magnitude to actually BUILD stuff in the physical universe. Problem solving and logic application are both vastly different between these worlds. Ask any tradesman or artist/crafter/musician... anyone who has seen the newbie choke on his Cliff-Notes. There are no ´undo´ or ´cancel´ buttons outside the cyber environment.
One more point about education. Reintroduce drafting/art. We should all be able to take a pencil and paper and draw a reasonable likeness of what we´ve seen. Taught at an early age and encouraged throughout primary and early secondary education, our children could achieve that integration between observation and communication that is so lacking today.
The absence of PE is also contributing to the dichotomy between cerebral and the physical and should be reinserted.
Just like pharmacology is about "Dosage, dosage, dosage," Internet is about "Usage, usage, usage."
And a matter of amount and kind, as well as age and maturity. Keep in mind that developmentally, the brain is "hand-made". Happy and healthy the child who can be busy picking up, prodding, poking, stroking, handling, lifting, carrying, twisting, assembling, disassembling, sketching, crumpling, crushing, molding, and cuddling things with his hands.
How offensive is the phrase ‘bongo bongo land’, used by Godfrey Bloom, a Ukip MEP, in a private address to party activists in which he inveighed against foreign aid? [Snip] As such drums were most common in Africa, ‘bongo bongo land’ was once used as a derogatory reference to that continent. But is it very offensive? It’s hard to think so. As Mr Bloom said in an interview on yesterday morning’s Today programme on Radio 4, since bongo bongo land doesn’t actually exist, its inhabitants can hardly take umbrage.
TUCSON — Young immigrants known as the “Dream 9” were released Wednesday from federal custody in Arizona, a small step in their bid to win asylum in the United States. The immigration activists were released on parole, which allows them to return to their American communities until they get the chance to argue for asylum before an immigration judge. The nine were tranferred by bus from the Eloy Detention Center in south-central Arizona to Tucson, where their arrival was welcomed by immigrant rights activists. “You’re here!” shouted someone in the crowd. Some of the dreamers and their supporters were crying.
Yemeni officials said Wednesday that the country´s security forces had broken up several plots by al Qaeda militants but the government distanced itself from those reports later in the day, illustrating Washington´s challenges as it tries to work with Yemen´s government to combat al Qaeda´s branch there. The relationship between Washington and the government in San´a is under scrutiny now, as the U.S. says Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is behind a new terror alert that has led the State Department to stop work at embassies and issue world-wide travel alerts. Though questions remained over whether Yemen
The Government’s decision this week to pull all staff out of our embassy in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, raises questions about why we are spending some £3 million a year of taxpayers’ money on this dusty, dangerous diplomatic outpost. Why bother with a country that shows every sign of being a basket case? [Snip] Their lives could scarcely be less glamorous than the usual diplomatic round of receptions. They are the trailer trash of that world--literally. So great are the risks in Sana’a that inside their “fort” our staff sleep and eat in containers--the kind used for shipping freight.
As Chelsea Clinton continues her charity tour of Africa with her dad, she has admitted that she is reinventing herself after shunning the spotlight for much of her life. "I had very much led a deliberately private life for a very long time," she told CNN´s Nima Elbagir on Monday during a stop in Rwanda, adding, "I´m attempting to lead a purposefully public life." Growing up in the White House, the Clintons tried hard to shield their only child from the media´s harsh glare. But even as she entered adulthood, she shied away from attention. At the age
In domestic disputes with Republicans, President Obama mostly frames the debate as a clash of values. He tries to win contests of ideas. He’d be wise to stick to that higher-level framing in explaining why he canceled a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Putin often acts as if Russia is in a competition of geopolitical interests rather than values. When Edward Snowden sought asylum after stealing official American secrets, the Kremlin--which has few compunctions about domestic surveillance--treated the fugitive as merely a pawn in a global power play. In Syria, Putin sees little value in ending the mass
Yemen says it has foiled an audacious Al Qaeda plot to blow up oil pipelines and seize key ports, as US special operations forces reportedly prepare for action in the country. Security forces thwarted a plan by terrorists to take over oil and gas export facilities and a provincial capital in the eastern part of the country, a government official said today. Rajeh Badi, press advisor to Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa, said the plot involved dozens of Al Qaeda militants dressed in Yemeni army uniforms storming the facilities on the night of the 27th of the Muslim month
New US drone strikes reportedly killed seven alleged al-Qaida members in southern Yemen on Wednesday after the government in Sana´a claimed to have foiled a large-scale terrorist attack and the US and Britain evacuated their embassy staff. Security officials told the Associated Press (AP) the latest drone attacks hit targets in Shabwa province, where residents reported seeing two vehicles and several bodies on fire. The news came as details emerged in the capital of an ambitious plan by the group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a "franchise" of the global terrorist network, to attack installations and towns.
Have you been to Bongo Bongo Land? I have--but only in Tintin and dogeared copies of Sanders of the River and the fabulous Deborah Kerr and Stewart Grainger version of King Solomon´s Mines. Still, I think we all have a good idea what Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom was on about when he told a meeting of supporters in the West Midlands that he didn´t want vast sums of taxpayers´ money being squandered on pointless foreign aid. Often, he noted, it ends up not in the hands of the needy but on "Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, Ferraris and all the
Hope, a three-week-old Shih Tzu, was rejected by her natural mother, Diamond, after being born alongside a stillborn sibling. But the puppy has found a new mum in feline Coco - who gave birth to a litter of three kittens on the same day as Hope was born. Loving Coco treats Hope like one of her own - and even feeds her. Coco´s owner Paula Ball, of Liverpool, persuaded partner David Cohen, who owns Diamond, to introduce the pair. ´I suggested it because there was no other option - the puppy wouldn´t have survived otherwise,´ she said.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke out publicly for the first time on Monday in favor of immigration reform, an issue he´s been working on behind the scenes for several months. [Snip] Wearing his trademark hoodie and sneakers, Zuckerberg disputed the notion that he and other Silicon Valley leaders are just trying to secure more H1B visas for high-tech workers. Zuckerberg and his former Harvard University roommate Joe Green recently founded the organization Fwd.us to advocate for a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. But Monday was the first time Zuckerberg spoke
A Republican candidate running for a state Senate seat in Maine has been forced to defend amusing video footage of himself dancing around in Speedos to Samba music. Eric Brakey, 24, has been attacked by Mike Hein, a former employee of the Christian Civic League, who circulated the video and described Brakey as looking like ´a demon possessed.´ But Brakey laughed off the jibes on Tuesday, pointing to his past as a professional actor and saying that the outtake was from ´comedy piece´ commercial for a soft drink made in 2011. ´It shows that I´m a full human being
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa. Analysts don’t dispute the Obama administration’s narrative that it’s gleaned intelligence on a plot involving al Qaida’s most active affiliate, the Yemen-based Arabian Peninsula branch. That would explain why most U.S. posts in the Persian Gulf are on lockdown, including the U.
The truth about Benghazi, the Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring, the IRS corruption, the NSA octopus, and Fast and Furious is still not exactly known. Almost a year after the attacks on our Benghazi facilities, we are only now learning details of CIA gun-running, military stand-down orders, aliases of those involved who are still hard to locate, massaged talking points, and the weird jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. We still do not quite know why Eric Holder’s Justice Department went after the Associated Press or Fox News’s James Rosen — given that members of the administration were themselves illegally leaking
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He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP’s future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Romney addressed more than 200 donors on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party, staged just four miles from the vacation home where he has spent much of the summer with his family. The event was closed to the media, but his office released his prepared remarks.
The U.S. State Department issued a global alert about the terrorist threat allegedly posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The USA announced the closure of its missions in the Middle East and Africa, and their example was followed by France, Britain, and Germany. However, this was only an attempt to justify the activities of the National Security Agency.Last Saturday, right after alerting of the terror threat civilians and BOLO complex ("be on the lookout") that includes law enforcement and federal officials, President Barack Obama went to play golf, and then celebrated his birthday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
In a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia´s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow´s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there.
Washington--As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States.(Snip)With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach
A poll released Friday by Public Policy Polling found that Alaska voters would pick former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the state´s former Republican governor, Sarah Palin, if the two women were to face off in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton led with 49 percent in the hypothetical match-up, with Palin at 40 percent, a nine-point gap. As of July 3, Republicans comprised 27 percent of the state´s registered voters and Democrats made up just 14 percent. The last time Alaskans opted for the Democrats´ presidential candidate was in 1964. Clinton trails five other hypothetical GOP candidates –
Over the last week, there has been a lot of buzz about a supposed CIA angle to the Benghazi story. Specifically, it has been alleged that a substantial number of CIA employees were on the ground in Benghazi, carrying out a mission that involved rounding up Libyan weapons and transferring them to rebels in Syria. Further, it has been reported that the CIA has leaned on its employees not to cooperate with Congressional investigations or the media, and it has been suggested that the CIA’s role in Benghazi may be related to the al Qaeda
President Obama is slated to deliver a speech later this month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama will deliver his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — the same place where King spoke 50 years ago. The Let Freedom Ring ceremony will be held Aug. 28. "It’s obviously a historic, seminal event in the country. It’s part of my generation’s formative memory and it’s a good time for us to do some reflection,"