internet brain

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favorite character meme → [2/2] relationships
↳ sanji & zoro

“Zoro doesn’t care about Sanji and Sanji doesn’t care about Zoro. They don’t get along, and they’re incapable of having civil conversations with each other. Despite being of the same age group and having joined in early on, coupled with similarities in their personalities and roles as protectors and main fighters of the Strawhats, they cannot relate to each other at all. Their friendship is literally just about rivalry. Seriously, they hate each other.” – someone who hasn’t read/watched one piece properly, probably

Why people believe conspiracy theories like ‘pizzagate’

“Tens of millions of people believe in conspiracy theories,” Dartmouth political science professor Brendan Nyhan tells CNN. “It’s not a reflection of mental illness or pathology. It’s a common thing that otherwise smart and well-informed people do.”

What has changed, though, since the heyday of the John Birch Society in the 1960s, is the rate of proliferation and speed at which the dark whispers turn to public pronouncements.

Despite being surrounded by tens of thousands of books, I don’t remember feeling the anxiety that’s symptomatic of what we today call “information overload.” There was something calming about the reticence of all those books, their willingness to wait years, decades even, for the right reader to come along and pull them from their appointed slots. Take your time, the books whispered to me in their dusty voices. We’re not going anywhere.
—  Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

“Every bit of his motivation came from things he saw on the internet. That’s it. He is simply regurgitating… bits and pieces of stuff he has downloaded directly from the internet into his brain from research done online. Everything he’s doing is just an imitation of something he saw somewhere else. ‘I had to do it’ that’s his explanation. But why he ‘had to do it’? And there’s never an answer…he doesn’t have an answer. There’s something wrong with his perceptions. There’s something with what he is perceiving about reality. He confessed to the most dreadful crime a person could ever confess to. You were looking for signs of remorse and you didn’t see very much of it. I’ll be the first one to admit it. Remorse isn’t a logical emotion when you feel it’s something you ‘had to do’. I ask you to look past the emotions that everyone has felt. Think about the isolation. These pictures…hundreds of them and in none of them are a friend. He was so alone. Except there are hundreds of pictures of his cat. Animals are much easier to interpret than humans. The cat is the only being Roof has mental capacity to socialize with.”

Bruck is the man.

One synapse, by itself, is more like a microprocessor–with both memory-storage and information-processing elements–than a mere on/off switch. In fact, one synapse may contain on the order of 1,000 molecular-scale switches. A single human brain has more switches than all the computers and routers and Internet connections on Earth.
—  Stephen Smith