How Writing Re-Wired Our Brains
Back in the days before the printing press, there weren’t a whole lot of books around, so the only way to save information was through memory - your own and other people’s. It was a community library, except everything you needed to know was stored in someone’s brain, not a book or a digital device. If you wanted to know about green bean farming, you went and talked to your pal Jimmy. If you wanted to know the history of your village, you listened in on Mrs. Florence’s story nights. But all that changed when writing came along. You didn’t need anybody else anymore, just a book. You could think and learn all on your own instead of in a community. Your identity wasn’t tied up in who you were in relationship to someone else. Individualism was born.