Neurologist Adam Gazzaley discusses how the brain’s attentional system functions–or doesn’t–when buffeted by digital distraction.
For a computer scientist, Georgetown professor and author Cal Newport is hard to reach via email. But it’s part of his philosophy that focused concentration–so elusive in our overstimulated world–is the key to a better and more rewarding work and personal life.
Journalist and media critic Bill Powers wrote a bestselling book about stepping away from tech; now he’s on the inside trying to make tech better.
Narayan Liebenson, a guiding teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, speaks to us about the benefits of mindfulness and attention. How might smart devices be impacting our ability to be present?
Danielle Allen is the director of the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, a regular columnist, and author of five books, including Education and Equality. She spoke with us about what it takes to raise an engaged and self-actualized citizenry.
Tim Wu is a renowned scholar on our communications networks, having coined the phrase “net neutrality”. His latest book, The Attention Merchants, is a history of advertising, and it’s not pretty. He spoke with us about declining privacy and the current state of the Internet.