Im­plant­ing For­get­ful­ness in Our Souls

Geist - - Findings - MERILYN SIMONDS

From Guten­berg’s Fin­ger­print: Pa­per, Pix­els and the Last­ing Im­pres­sion of Books. Pub­lished by ECW Press in 2017. Simonds is the au­thor of six­teen books, in­clud­ing The Hold­ing, a New York Times Book Re­view Ed­i­tors’ Choice and The Con­vict Lover, fi­nal­ist for the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Lit­er­ary Award. She lives in Kingston, ON.

Each of the par­a­digm shifts that pushed hu­man com­mu­ni­ca­tion for­ward has met with stiff re­sis­tance. Even the in­ven­tion of writ­ing. From the per­spec­tive of the twenty-first cen­tury, such re­sis­tance seems in­com­pre­hen­si­ble,

al­most ridicu­lous. What kind of knob would say no to the writ­ten word?

Socrates, for one. In his di­a­logue Phae­drus, Plato has Socrates tell the story of the an­cient Egyp­tian god Theuth, who in­vented ge­om­e­try and

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