Theologians and Utilitarians: Historical Context for the "Distance Learning" Debate

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007

But affirming matter-that is, affirming God's good creation-is to affirm the limits of nature. And our bodies are limited to one place, and our minds are generally limited to thinking seriously about one thing at a time.
Neil Postman begins his Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology with a retelling of Socrates' tale of Thamus and Theuth. Thamus is the king to whom the inventor Theuth comes to show all of the latest, cutting-edge technology. Among his many creations is writing, and Theuth proudly proclaims that he has thereby improved memory. But the wise King points out the error of the inventor's exuberance: O most ingenious Theuth, the parent or inventor of an art is not always the best judge of the utility or inutility [sic] of his own ...

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