Each Extensions is an Amputation
  • McLuhan says that all media are extensions of human faculty, and that every extensions also heavily modifies or amputates some other extension

text messaging extends the voice, but amputates our ability to write a letter


  • using memex possibly replaces memory with Google effect (knowing where to look for information vs knowing the information)
    • using spaced repetition might be a solution to this, but I'm curious if the better solution would be just dropping memex and spaced repetition altogether, to force myself to remember things
  • thinking by writing might limit non-written thinking power also?
  • relying on self-cybernetics to model ones behaviour could make one completely lost without those external inputs
    • reference: "Accelerando" and Manfred's glasses

Extended Phenotypes

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