Edge World Question Center Response: Designing Your Mind

What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?

Given recent research about brain plasticity and the dangers of cognitive load, the most powerful tool in our cognitive arsenal may well be design.
Specifically, we can use design principles and discipline to shape our minds. This is different than learning and acquiring knowledge. It’s about designing how each of us thinks, remembers and communicates — appropriately and effectively for the digital age.

Today’s popular handwringing about its effects on cognition has some merit. But rather than predicting a dire future, perhaps we should be trying to achieve a new one.

Read my full response at the Edge World Question Center.

Don Tapscott

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Don Tapscott, one of the world's leading authorities on business strategy, is Chairman of Moxie Insight. He was founder and chairman of the international think tank New Paradigm before its acquisition 2007. Read more about Don.