Isn’t it wonderful the way the internet is making us all smarter? Well, at least the 1.4 billion of us who have internet. Well, not smarter exactly but certainly more knowledgeable. In the good old days if you didn’t know something you asked your friends, went to the library or rummaged fruitlessly through various books. More often than not you just shrugged your shoulders and got on with life. Now, with the click of a button, you can ask your friend Mr. Google (hands up if you know the Google colours without looking) and he will tell you everything you need to know about the workings of string theory, the worldwide classification of fungi (http://www.doctorfungus.org), or Charles Taylor’s ridiculous plea for clemency. With this wonderful repository of knowledge at our fingertips it is no wonder that we all know so much more than our predecessors. We are now able to converse intelligently and logically, with all the facts readily available, about politics, religion, geography, science, philosophy and a whole lot more. That is, we could if we didn’t spend all our time googling Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry (http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist2010). At least our ancestors could plead lack of access, which has to be infinitely more justifiable than lack of interest.
Dr. F. Bunny