The World Beyond your Head

The World Beyond your Head

On Becoming An Individual in An Age of Distraction

Book - 2015
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Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind by showing that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and certain assumptions at the root of Western culture are the root of the cause.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374292980
0374292981
9780374535919
Branch Call Number: 155.2 C858
Characteristics: x, 305 pages ; 24 cm

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Sep 20, 2015

Although this book provides a kind of world view, it does not offer me anything other than an insight into how other people engage their world. Perhaps this is one of the goals Crawford has for the reader, but because I have a Christian world view grounded in a belief that the Bible holds truth and history, I already have answers for myself to most things Crawford addresses. Who I am and how I interact with the world are both answered by the Bible. My sociological understanding of the world is very different because of this.
However this book is interesting to read and easy to understand if you focus on it. I found there were some sections that didn't quite fit in and did not seem necessary (ex. Glass making section did not offer much for how In depth it went).

LPL_DirectorBrad May 06, 2015

Kant vs. Hegel. Hegel wins.

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Jun 12, 2016

P. 76 Whether you regard it as infantile or as the highest achievement of the European mind, what we find in Kant are the philosophical roots of our modern identification of freedom with choice, where choice is understood as a pure flashing forth of the unconditional will. This is important for understanding our culture because thus understood, choice serves as the central totem of consumer capitalism, and those who present choices to us appear as handmaidens to our own freedom.

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