Don’t be Rubikulous

My boyfriend has a Rubik’s Cube in his apartment, which I just recently discovered. I couldn’t resist the temptation to mess it all up and figure out how to solve it myself. I had one as a child and I’m pretty sure I never actually figured out how to solve it. I do remember peeling off the stickers for each color and rearranging them so that I could “solve” the puzzle. Was I lazy? Probably, but if the Rubik’s Cube was as big a hit now as it was back then, everyone who had one would very easily be able to cheat. Why you ask? Cuz of the Internet.

Not only can you find written instructions telling you all about notations and algorithms that you can use to solve the puzzle, but you can find videos on Youtube showing you exactly how to solve it. All of this makes me wonder what will happen to the children who are growing up now in a world where you just Google things to find out how to do it. What will happen to intellectual curiosity and creativity? Of course, each generation has stood on the shoulders of the ones before and use what was learned previously to learn new things and improve the knowledge base of all mankind. But I’m worried that “Googling it” will change the way that we think about things and the way that we create new ideas. If a generation of our greatest thinkers become so enthralled with the ease of typing search words into the internet, will this speed up or slow down our rates of cognition.

My fear is that it will lead to laziness and complacency. What is the point of knowing all 50 states and their capitals if you can simply Google them?

And the fear goes beyond rote memorization. I was in the presence of an individual who Googled “how to schedule a meeting.” Is schedule minding as complicated as solving a Rubik’s Cube? Or are we just refusing to think things through on our own because our overlords at Google have made it so damn easy to find the answer at a few keystrokes?

I don’t know the answer to many of these questions, but I do know that I am worried. And I didn’t even have to Google it to find out.

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4 thoughts on “Don’t be Rubikulous”

  1. I remember Rubik’s cubes coming on to the scene when I was in junior high (old). They sold booklets telling you how to solve the puzzle. So there was cheating before the internet. But I see your point, Andy.

    Harry asked for one this Christmas – he still hasn’t solved it.

    I bet the Bieber looked it up on the internet. Or he’s hiding a giant brain in that giant head.
    http://newsroom.mtv.com/2010/12/03/justin-bieber-rubiks-cube/

  2. I was lazy and complacent before there were personal computers much less the Internet. No big whoop.

    I did have a Rubik’s Cube, of course, but I solved it by learning how to take it apart and put it back together. This tended to kind ruin the stability of it and it fell apart after about ten times of doing so, but I was pretty impressive there for a while! 🙂

    HUGS…

  3. I’m with Polt. There will always be curious keeners who invent things, like better search engines that can go faster and understand what you mean when you say “that song that goes dum duh duh duh dum with the drums”.

    Google has allowed me more time to do personal things instead of answering people’s stupid questions about how do you spell assassinate, what is the capital of Kazakhstan, what time is it in South Africa right now, etc. My answer “Google is your friend, use it”.

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