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"Or, to illustrate still further, the picture of a leaf would become the sign for the syllable ‘leaf’ wherever it might occur, and the picture of a bee would become the syllable ‘be’ the pictures together forming the word ‘belief.’ The picture of the bee would then cease to represent the insect and would represent only the syllable ‘be,’ and the picture of a leaf would no longer signify leaf or foliage; the pictures would have become purely phonetic symbols, expressing words as well as ideas, the next step in their evolution toward real writing."
The Alphabet and Elements of Lettering by Frederic W. Goudy (1918)
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"Of all the achievements of the human mind,
the birth of the alphabet is the most momentous."
The Alphabet and Elements of Lettering by Frederic W. Goudy (1918)
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"Living like that utterly convinced me of the extreme limitations of language. I was just a child then, so I have only an intuitive understanding of the degree to which one loses control of words once they are spoken or written. It was then that I first felt a deep curiosity about language, and understood it as a tool that encompasses both a single moment and eternity"
 Banana Yoshimoto, N.P.

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"Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth."
Friedrich Nietzsche (via shneevon)
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"It is not that the meaning cannot be explained. But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words."
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

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"Writing cannot express words fully; words cannot express thoughts fully."
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"Though writing has become the most commonplace of information technologies, it remains in many ways the most magical. Brought into focus by properly educated eyes, artificial glyphs scrawled onto the surface of objects leap unbidden into the mind, bringing with them sounds, meanings, data. In fact, it is very difficult to gaze intentionally upon a page of script written in a known language and not automatically begin reading it. The ecophilosopher David Abram notes that, just as a Zuni elder, so do we hear voices pouring out of our printed alphabets. “This is a form of animism that we take for granted, but it is animism nonetheless—as mysterious as a talking stone.” We forget this mystery for the same reason we forget that writing is a technology: We have so thoroughly absorbed this machine into the gray sponge of our brains that it is extremely tough to figure out where writing stops and the mind itself starts."
Erik Davies, Techgnosis (1998)

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— 2 years ago with 18 notes
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The Brain & Fiction

We no longer have to just take iconic writers’ words on the power of fictionThe New York Times’ Annie Murphy Paul explores the neuroscience of your brain on fiction and how narratives offer a way to engage the brain’s capacity to map other people’s intentions, known in psychology as “theory of mind.”


Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.

Researchers have long known that the “classical” language regions, like Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area, are involved in how the brain interprets written words. What scientists have come to realize in the last few years is that narratives activate many other parts of our brains as well, suggesting why the experience of reading can feel so alive.


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— 2 years ago
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Wall Piece with 200 Letters by Mikko Kuorinki
quote: Elias Canetti - The Human Province (1973)

Wall Piece with 200 Letters by Mikko Kuorinki

quote: Elias Canetti - The Human Province (1973)

— 2 years ago with 13 notes
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