Lyn Lesch

Toward a Holistic Intelligence

Life on the Other Side of the Digital Barrier

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.

What Other People are Saying

“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.”

— Larry D. Rosen, professor emeritus, California State University, Dominguez Hills and co-author of The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World


“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.”

— Annie Murphy Paul, author of The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain, recipient of “The New York Times” Editors’ Choice pick

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