Marginalia — Socrates

On Reading: how our reading habits might change the way we think

C S Lewis on reading reading reading habits Socrates

Words by Charlotte Guest, Publishing Officer at UWA Publishing

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Socrates bemoaned the advent of writing over oratory for what he saw as its negative impact upon memory: if all knowledge is documented there would be no need to retain it in our minds and our souls. Now, in the twenty-first century, we fear the impact of typing and electronic texts upon memory and learning, majority opinion being that we process information more thoroughly if we hand write notes as opposed to typing them.

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