“What Will Become of the Readers We Have Been?”
Welcome to Letter 4 of Reader, Come Home
In this letter, Dr. Wolf references our “novelty bias,” necessary for survival, from a biological standpoint, in the wild – and how that heightens our distractibility, with a threat of “cognitive overload.”
For the virtual book study, read Letter 4 of Reader, Come Home, watch the roundtable discussion video, and reflect on the following discussion questions.
“Young people won’t know what they don’t know.” What might that mean to the future of thought?
What is the connection between reading less and becoming more susceptible to “fake news” and misinformation?
Ready to explore deeper? Enjoy our full Letter 4 lecture.
Reader, Come Home Virtual Book Study Letters:
- Letter 1: Reading, the Canary in the Mind
- Letter 2: Under the Big Top: An Unusual View of the Reading Brain
- Letter 3: Deep Reading: Is It Endangered?
- Letter 4: “What Will Become of the Readers We Have Been?”
- Letter 5: The Raising of Children in a Digital Age
- Letter 6: From Laps to Laptops in the First Five Years- Don’t Move Too Fast
- Letter 7: The Science and Poetry in Learning (and Teaching) to Read
- Letters 8 & 9: Building a Biliterate Brain & Reader, Come Home
- Concluding Livestream by Dr. Wolf on March 12 at 7pm ET