Today we have the most powerful tools for teaching, scholarship, and learning the world has ever known, yet we seemingly have no time to think—no time for reading, writing, and reflecting. In this presentation I will first describe the historical and technological conditions that have brought about this condition and will then discuss work that aims to address it by restoring “contemplative balance.”
David Levy is Professor at the Information School, University of Washington in Seattle. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford University and a diploma in Calligraphy and Bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute in London. For over 15 years he was a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, exploring the transition from paper and print to digital media. At the University of Washington since 2000, he focuses on bringing mindfulness training and other contemplative practices to address problems of information overload and acceleration.