Extensions of Man

For the McLuhan fans.

Its around 50 years since McLuhan wrote about media as ‘extensions of man’. A recent article in Current Biology adds evidence from neuro-science that the brain adapts to the use physical tools – so that to the brain the tools indeed become extensions of the user. I’m sure this all ties up neatly somehow…  I’m wondering if this kind of work will impact research on presence in virtual realities. Perhaps.

BBC article and the Current Biology article.

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