13 ways the Internet is making us smarter

01/23/2012 07:23 pm ET | Updated Mar 24, 2012

Now that knowledge is moving onto its roomy, new, hyperlinked medium, we're beginning to see how much of what we took for granted about knowledge was really due to the limitations of its old paper medium. Knowledge is going from limited to unlimited, from settled to unsettled, from content to connection, from libraries to networks.

This is not an unmixed blessing. But we hear enough about how the Net is making us stupid and is the destroyer of civilization. So, here are thirteen ways the Net is making us smarter.

13 Reasons The Web Makes Us Smarter

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