Some thoughts from Plato

Last week I gave an artist talk over at Digipen Institute of Technology.  The school is a training ground for game industry artists, so I was invited as a "fine artist" and told I should discuss my work in whatever way I pleased.  Being in a lecture hall with this kind of latitude was deeply liberating.  So I showed some pictures and we asked eachother some questions.  In trying to explain the core questions of my practice, I showed some cave paintings, and used this section of Plato's Phaedrus:
For this invention [writing] will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because they will not practice their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are no part of themselves, will discourage the use of their own memory within them. You have invented an elixir not of memory, but of reminding; and you offer your pupils the appearance of wisdom, not true wisdom, for they will read many things without instruction and will therefore seem to know many things, when they are for the most part ignorant and hard to get along with, since they are not wise, but only appear wise.
This has real implications for our culture in the digital age, but I think speaks to some interesting questions about observation and knowing.
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