Neuroplasticity Quotes in The Shallows
When it came to the brain, the child was indeed, as Wordsworth had written, the father to the man.
The genius of our brain’s construction is not that it contains a lot of hardwiring but that it doesn’t.
Plastic does not mean elastic.
To read a book was to practice an unnatural process of thought, one that demanded sustained, unbroken attention to a single, static object. It required readers to place themselves at what T.S. Eliot, in Four Quartets, would call “the still point of the turning world.”
The words in books didn’t just strengthen people’s ability to think abstractly; they enriched people’s experience of the physical world, the world outside the book.