Oral vs. Literate Cultures, corrected

So I’m writing this to address a false dichotomy: the oral vs. Literate culture.


No difference.

It starts with understanding how the mind works and for that, you need to step back for a moment.

Mind Your Step

I’m going with metaphors here because it makes it easy.

Basic genetic code hardwires life forms to do things. For every action, there is a reaction. Any life that persists for any length of time incorporats a lot of ‘junk DNA’ in it; these are bits and fragments that only turn on when the situation changes.

That’s how they adapt. Gobble up / get infected with some new DNA stuff and keep it around long enough for it to be useful OR have a random mutation.

Changes at this level are considered epigenetic, at best. They are the deep troughs in the ocean of intelligences, stable and unlikely to change.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top

Discover more from William Thomas Bucclan

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading