Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lazy Sunday Service

I'm presently reading Parker Bilal's The Golden Scales, a mystery novel set in Cairo.  I was intrigued by this short passage - that the inventor of writing was accused of undermining learning.

Long before that, of course, this was the site of the Temple of the Sun, said to be the place where the god Thoth had invented writing, an act so controversial that he was accused of undermining learning since writing would allow people to appear to know things of which they had no real understanding.

On reading student essays I can see how such a perception arises - it's relatively straightforward to lift the ideas of others in a written form, much more tricky to convincingly articulate them verbally.  That said, writing revolutionised learning as it allows knowledge to be portable across time and space.

My posts this week:
Review of Spies in the Sky by Taylor Downing
Evidence-informed policy and the siting of primary care centres
Review of Brenner and God by Wolf Haas
Review of A Death in Vienna by Frank Tallis
Due process

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