There is something profoundly intimate about the conversations that we have online. Our handheld devices are becoming extensions of our physical bodies and our interactions feel as if they are directly wired into our brains.

These apparently trivial little chunks of text that we exchange rattle around inside our skulls like overexcited neurones. They affect our moods. They cause delight or distress.

Collectively they bring to life Teilhard de Chardin's noosphere as never before. We are literally messing with our brains and with our collective psyche.

We need to be gentle with each other as we learn how to do it.

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