I came across this article is posted in Salon entitled Google makes us all dumber. It struck a chord in me, because I've seen how the abundance of immediately available information makes people less conscious of what they think and what they say.
Previously, when someone asked "What is the population of the India?", we had to think about what we knew about India to figure it out. We could attempt things like population density times land mass, or number of main cities times average city size, or try and recall how its population ranked when compared to China. Nowadays, someone will simply pull up Google, and tell you the answer. You might gain that piece of information, but it is useless it no longer informs you how to think, or what to think about.
The article concludes with the following 2 paragraphs:
The practice of asking perceptive, informed, curious questions is a cultural habit we should inculcate at every level of society. In school, students are generally expected to answer questions rather than ask them. But educational researchers have found that students learn better when they’re gently directed towards the lacunae in their knowledge, allowing their questions bubble up through the gaps. Wikipedia and Google are best treated as starting points rather than destinations, and we should recognize that human interaction will always play a vital role in fueling the quest for knowledge. After all, Google never says, “I don’t know — what do you think?”
The Internet has the potential to be the greatest tool for intellectual exploration ever invented, but only if it is treated as a complement to our talent for inquiry rather than a replacement for it. In a world awash in ready-made answers, the ability to pose difficult, even unanswerable questions is more important than ever.
In an age where information is at your fingertips, how do you keep curious and questioning?
What kind of questions should we be asking?