Toward a Holistic Intelligence: Life on the Other Side of the Digital Barrier is a critical examination of how the Internet, our current digital age, and people’s continuous use of digital devices is adversely affecting their thought processes, working memories, attention spans, and overall level of intelligence. In doing so, it explores how a larger intelligence based primarily on direct insight and creative absorption, qualities which are integrally part of people’s emotive and sensorial lives, might allow for a clearer exploration of their world and themselves at a time in which our cognitive lives are being so thoroughly abrogated by the Internet and its resultant technologies.
After founding and directing his own democratically run school for children ages six to fourteen for twelve years, one that received widespread attention in the Chicago area as a unique approach to education, Lyn Lesch went on to write four books on education reform. In 2020, he published Intelligence in the Digital Age, which concerns how our current Internet age might be making it increasingly difficult for people to explore a more expansive consciousness.
Chapter 1. A Holistic Intelligence
Chapter 2. Thought and Memory in the Digital Age
Chapter 3. Thought, Emotion, and the Physical Realm
Chapter 4. Thought, Memory, and Our Interior World
Chapter 5. Insight, Attention, and Creative Absorption
Chapter 6. Creativity and the Stream of Thought
Chapter 7. Thought, Memory, Emotive, and Sensorial Experience
Chapter 8. Self-reflection and Conditioning in the Digital Age
Chapter 9. An Enriched Intelligence
Chapter 10. Intelligence and Insight
Chapter 11. A New Education
Chapter 12. A Larger Intelligence
About the Author
We are in the midst of a major paradigm shift in our relationship with smartphones and social media. We are all overly obsessed with and addicted to screens that were supposed to make our lives easier. In Toward a Holistic Intelligence: Life on the Other Side of the Digital Barrier, Lyn Lesch takes a unique approach using holistic intelligence to help us recover from our screen obsession. Read this book and you will listen to another way to understand our constant screen use.
Lyn Lesch has written an important and necessary book for all of us dwelling in the digital age—one that makes the case that our emotions and our senses, and not just our cognitive faculties, form a critical part of our intelligence. If you’ve ever wondered if your smart phone is making you dumb, or whether you can ever reclaim your attention from the distractions on your laptop screen, his book will show you that the way to live intelligently with your devices is to cultivate a more inclusive kind of smarts.