Quotation of the Day

“Long ago, Socrates described some second thoughts he had about the new and questionable technology called a “book”. He thought it had several weaknesses. A book could not adjust what it was saying, as a living person would, to what would be appropriate for certain listeners or specific times or places. In addition, a book could not be interactive, as in a conversation or dialogue between persons. And finally, according to Socrates, in a book the written words “seem to talk to you as if they were intelligent, but if you ask them anything about what they say, from a desire to be instructed, they go on telling you just the same thing forever.”” — Thomas G. West, Thinking Like Einstein

Today, we have the Internet, which fixes most, if not all, of these problems.

– Neil.


~ by Nocturnal Discourse on 28 May 2009.

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