The Written Word


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Calligraphy means “Pretty Writing.”

Language creates the ability to convey thoughts.  Language can be spoken or it can be stored by writing.  Writing stores knowledge.  I have had several conversations (thoughts conveyed) in the past month that have unsettled me.

When we look back on the timeline of the development of language there is much that we do not know.  The reason for this is that much of the development of language likely happened before the ability to store knowledge was developed.  As a species we mostly agree that the presumption that the vocalized transferring of thoughts likely occurred before the written transferring of thoughts.  And that’s a reasonable thing to presume.

So the conversations over the past month have been about the difference and validity of passing on knowledge via oral mediums and via written mediums.  Realize these conversations all happen inside the context of historical re-creation in the…

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