Apocalypse Cognitive

(E) I saw yesterday an interview from French social scientist Gérald Bronner about his latest book “Apocalypse Cognitive”. Following is a short introduction about his book:

“La situation est inédite. Jamais, dans l’histoire de l’humanité, nous n’avons disposé d’autant d’informations et jamais nous n’avons eu autant de temps libre pour y puiser loisir et connaissance du monde. Nos prédécesseurs en avaient rêvé : la science et la technologie libéreraient l’humanité. Mais ce rêve risque désormais de tourner au cauchemar. Le déferlement d’informations a entraîné une concurrence généralisée de toutes les idées, une dérégulation du « marché cognitif » qui a une fâcheuse conséquence : capter, souvent pour le pire, le précieux trésor de notre attention. Nos esprits subissent l’envoûtement des écrans et s’abandonnent aux mille visages de la déraison. Victime d’un pillage en règle, notre esprit est au cœur d’un enjeu dont dépend notre avenir. Ce contexte inquiétant dévoile certaines des aspirations profondes de l’humanité. L’heure de la confrontation avec notre propre nature aurait-elle sonné ? De la façon dont nous réagirons dépendront les possibilités d’échapper à ce qu’il faut bien appeler une menace civilisationnelle”

“The situation is unprecedented. Never in the history of mankind have we had so much information and never have we had so much free time to draw leisure and knowledge of the world. Our predecessors had dreamed of it: science and technology would liberate humanity. But this dream now risks turning into a nightmare. The flood of information has led to a generalized competition of all ideas, a deregulation of the “cognitive market” which has an unfortunate consequence: to capture, often for the worse, the precious treasure of our attention. Our minds undergo the spell of screens and surrender to the thousand faces of unreason. Victim of a regular plunder, our mind is at the heart of an issue on which our future depends. This disturbing context reveals some of the deepest aspirations of humanity. Has the time come for confrontation with our own nature? How we react will depend on the possibilities of escape to what must be called a civilizational threat”

This is without any doubt an interesting book to read in particular in view of the recent information in social media about the pandemic crisis, and the disturbing political events in the U.S..

Following is a summary of “Apocalypse Cognitive” by Mr. Bronner:

A short interview from Mr. Bonner on the French TV – Journal du 20 heures – Antenne 2:

https://www.france.tv/france-2/journal-20h00/2181795-edition-du-samedi-9-janvier-2021.html

A longer interview from Mr. Bonner on the French radio TV – France Inter:

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