Bags of Bran

February 25, 2012, 11:39 pm
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I’ve been thinking about the difference between facts and truth, and how all of my gadgets push me toward the former while obscuring the latter. It is an ennobling thing to walk to a bookshelf, locate a reference volume, leaf through it, and find an answer to a question. It is a greater thing still–having ramifications for one’s posterity–to derive an answer from original sources.

What are my gadgets, all search-empowered and linked to clouds and what not, doing to me?

“…speed is not always an advantage: searching through a book forces you to see things in context in a way that searching via search engines prevents you from doing” (Douglas Stuart, Old Testament Exegesis, 3).


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