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In Plato's PHAEDRUS, Socrates tells the story of the Egyptian god-king Theuth’s reaction when introduced to the invention of letters:

This invention will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because they will not practise their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are not part of themselves will discourage the use of their own memories within them. You have invented an elixir not of memory but of reminding; and you offer your pupils the appearance of wisdom, not true wisdom. (Yates 39; quoting PHAEDRUS 274C-275B, tr. H.N. Fowler)


Iambic tetrameter! You're scaring me man! -
"we need no longer memorize . . ."

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