Overcome The Digital Distraction: Alex Pang In The Guardian
A tech-enthusiast, Pang studies the way our devices change the way we think and act. And, how we can better adapt to these changes and take control of our devices. Cognitive entanglement (the term Pang uses to describe how we use technology as an extension of our own minds) is nothing new. In fact, Pang argues that everything from writing in a notebook to sending a smoke signal classifies as cognitive entanglement. And, he claims, "it's what makes us human." We've learned to overcome this distraction in the past, and thus, can learn to do so again. By understanding the way we interact with technology—why many of us don't breathe when reading email, for example—we can begin to alter the way we use it. We can approach information technology in a way that allows us to focus, be creative, and be happy. In his enlightening keynotes, he outlines 8 steps to his contemplative computing theory. He combines theories from philosophy, psychology and neuroscience to show audiences how to lead healthier, more productive digital lives.