Why Chess Will Destroy Your Mind
Clive Thompson
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I don’t think our attitudes towards chess have changed much. The author of that article says that, in 1859, “Chess has acquired a high reputation as being a means to discipline the mind, because it requires a strong memory and peculiar powers of combination.” Pretty much the modern view, which you summarize as “Today, chess is regarded as a deeply virtuous activity, because it supposedly helps develop a Jedi-class control over one’s attention.” Discipline the mind, Jedi-class control over attention, same thing basically.

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