cognitive biking

Gruber linked today to the famous quote from Steve Jobs about computers being like bicycles for the mind. The idea is that when looking at how much energy a species expends to travel a kilometer, the condor tops the list, using the least energy to travel. Man was about a third of the way down the list. If you measure a man on a bicycle, he tops the list by a huge margin.

If a computer is a bicycle for the mind, is a curriculum that does not recognize the role of electronic devices in cognition like training a student to run the Tour de France on foot?

I still like Gilbert’s take on computers from Revenge of The Nerds: “Some people can create with their hands, but when you’re working with a computer you have to build something with your mind. If you’re good, you can do something no one’s ever seen before.”

see also: extended mind