The neurologist, Oliver Sacks on steam engines, smartphones, and fearing the future.

“They have given up, to a great extent, the amenities and achievements of civilization: solitude and leisure, the sanction to be oneself, truly absorbed, whether in contemplating a work of art, a scientific theory, a sunset, or the face of one’s beloved.”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/11/the-machine-stops