Thought for the day

November 15th, 2005  |  Tags:

And in this instance, you who are the father of letters, from a paternal love of your own children have been led to attribute to them a quality which they cannot have; for this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality.

Socrates, recounting an exchange between Theuth and Thamus, in Plato’s Phaedrus

If this formulation is correct, and literacy impedes one’s capacity for memory, how much more does the TiVo hurt one’s capacity to concentrate?

I’m currently listening to Xerxes from the album “Pieces In A Modern Style” by William Orbit