Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"some 5,000 years ago, the god thoth travelled to thebes and offered king thamus of egypt the art of writing. he explained hieroglyphs and said that writing was the best remedy for poor memory and feeble knowledge. the king refused the gift.

'memory? knowledge? this invention will encourage forgetting. knowledge resides in truth, not appearance. one cannot remember with the memory of another. men will record, but they won't recall. they will not exercise their memory. they will repeat, but they will not live. they will learn many things, but they won't understand a thing.'"

- plato’s dialogue “phaedrus”

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