What kinds of things did you memorize in school? State capitals? U.S. presidents? Mathematical equations?
If I asked you who the 27th president was, or what is the capital of South Dakota, or the formula for finding the area of an equilateral triangle -- would you know? Some of you might, but many of you would probably Google it (like I did) and then perhaps smack your head and say, “of course! Pierre, South Dakota! It was on the tip of my tongue!”
is the formula for finding the area of an equilateral triangle, and William Howard Taft was the 27th president. But I digress!
In recent years, some have argued that Google is making us stupid; that the ease of finding information online and the abundance of distractions (hang on, gotta answer this Facebook message…) have limited our ability to read and think deeply.