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Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction: "Nicholas Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind." -- Michael Agger, Slate Finalist for the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award "Is Google making us stupid?" When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net's bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet's intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by "tools of the mind" -- from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer -- Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience by such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel.

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Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr is an acclaimed writer on technology and culture whose books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His new collection, "Utopia Is Creepy . . . and Other Provocations," offers an alternative history of our tech-besotted times. It's a "bright, fun, telling book," says Kirkus Reviews.

Carr's previous book, "The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us," examines the personal, social, and economic consequences of our growing dependence on computers and robots to do our jobs and live our lives. The New York Times called the book "essential," and the Wall Street Journal termed it "elegant."

"The Glass Cage" expands the arguments in Carr's groundbreaking book "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains," which was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. A New York Times bestseller, "The Shallows" spotlights the cognitive consequences of Internet and computer use and, more broadly, examines the role that media and other technologies have played in shaping the way people think.

Carr is also the author of the 2008 Wall Street Journal bestseller "The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google," which the Financial Times calls "the best read so far about the significance of the shift to cloud computing." In addition to his books, Carr has contributed articles and essays to many newspapers and magazines. He wrote the celebrated and much-anthologized essay "Is Google Making Us Stupid? ," which appeared in The Atlantic, and he has also contributed to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, Wired, and Nature. He was formerly the executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. Carr blogs at www.roughtype.com. More information about his work can be found at his website, www.nicholascarr.com. [Author photo by Scott Keneally.]

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