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Imagine for a moment that you have thumbed a ride in one of London's iconic black cabs."Where to, guv?" he asks, in typical cockney-twang. You tell him."No problem - let me just enter that into my sat-nav…"It sounds unnatural, almost deceitful, that any self-respecting London cabbie would ever utter those words.After all, a taxi driver's ability to know every twist and turn of the capital's streets is the stuff of legend.It's not optional - unless drivers pass a formidable test - called "The Knowledge" - they are not allowed to head out onto the roads in one of the iconic vehicles.But with satellite-navigation technology now well established as a cheap, reliable way of being shown the way ahead, one expert has warned that we could actually lose the intellectual capacity to remember vast amounts of information - such as tricky routes through the capital city.
If men learn [writing], it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks. What you have discovered is a recipe not for memory, but for reminder. And it is no true wisdom that you offer your disciples, but only its semblance, for by telling them of many things without teaching them you will make them seem to know much, while for the most part they know nothing, and as men filled, not with wisdom, but with the conceit of wisdom, they will be a burden to their fellows.
The catch is with Plato, he was likely *right*. Writing does do something to the brain that we don't understand.