Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pregnant with knowledge

Again, from Roger Ebert's Journal, on the importance of reading:

"... At the end of the day, some authors will endure and most, including some very good ones, will not. Why do I think reading is important? It is such an effective medium between mind and mind. We think largely in words. A medium made only of words doesn't impose the barrier of any other medium. It is naked and unprotected communication. That's how you get pregnant. May you always be so."


CyberKitten said...

Books Rock!

wunelle said...

Indeed. Everything we know of the world is limited to what we take in from our five senses, and books seem the best way of getting some idea of what it's like inside someone else's brain, of what their experience of life is really like. And this is a prerequisite for thinking beyond self-interest.

(Plus you get to learn a bunch of stuff that on your own you'd never learn!)

shrimplate said...

Words are abstractions.

Everything is a language.