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TOTD 23 May 2001

To perceive things such as trees and buildings through images delivered to the eye, the brain uses wholeness, simultaneity, and synthesis. To ferret out the meaning of alphabetic writing, the brain relies instead on sequence, analysis, and abstraction.

-Leonard Shlain

And indeed, it is only when a culture shifts its participation to these printed letters that the stones fall silent. Only as our senses transfer their animating magic to the written word do the trees become mute, the other animals dumb.

-David Abram

The Leonard Shlain quote comes from his book, The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, and I took the David Abram quote from his book, The Spell of the Sensuous.

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