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October 20, 2006


"Particular instances of sugar highs are also bad developments, but probably of less world-historical significance." You know what's telling you that? Conceptual thought.

I've had a similar thought (although, technically, it would be prehistory, and there wouldn't be any history without conceptual thought). Abstraction kills. I believe Socrates warned about the dangers of writing. More exactly, since of course he didn't write it down, Plato said he did.

Wow, Matt's mom.

My real quarrel with writing isn't so much the abstraction as it is the externalization/objectification thing. (But then I start worrying that I'll end up being like the crank who wrote The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.)

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