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Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter

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A book by Steven Johnson

In his fourth book,Everything Bad Is Good for You, iconoclastic science writer Steven Johnson (who used himself as a test subject for the latest neurological technology in his last book,Mind Wide Open) takes on one of the most widely held preconceptions … see full wiki

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Author: Steven Johnson
Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
2 reviews about Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's...
review by . March 20, 2006
I found Johnson's thesis interesting, because as a parent and dedicated reader I have steered my children (20/16/15) away from video games. We have never owned a dedicated game console, and only purchased a small set of video games for our PC.    However, I find one gap in his link between the rising IQ scores and the increased complexity of popular media (TV, video games, Internet): the IQ growth started in the immediate post-WWII years, but the complexity factors he talks about …
review by . June 29, 2005
There's been a bubble of books lately by mainstream media "science and technology writers." Some gentleman who writes about "science" for The New Yorker (his name escapes me at the moment) and who recently penned something or other about trusting your mind comes to mind: pure pap and not science.     Steven Johnson follows in this vein. His thesis is that the generations of video and computer gameplayers and other fun-seekers are really expanding their intellects in a 21st Century …
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