Bert and Ernie are about to take your childhood and dash it all over the rocks

February 27, 2012

Remember when you were little and your cute little imagination gave your action figures, dolls, My Little Ponies, or whatever, voices.

I mean, those of us who didn’t get a Teddy Ruxpin anyway.

Check out the new augmented reality toys that Qualcomm is going to release soon that will render your childhood imagination a bit of an antique.

Seriously, though, this toy has nothing on Socrates, who predicted (probably the wrong word) that writing would encourage forgetfulness.

According to this post at TYWKIWDBI, Socrates wrote:

[Writing] will introduce forgetfulness into the soul of those who learn it: they will not practice using their memory because they will put their trust in writing, which is external and depends on signs that belong to others, instead of trying to remember from the inside, completely on their own. You have not discovered a potion for remembering, but for reminding; you provide your students with the appearance of wisdom, not with its reality. Your invention will enable them to hear many things without being properly taught, and they will imagine that they have come to know much while for the most part they will know nothing. And they will be difficult to get along with, since they will merely appear to be wise instead of really being so.”

Video via The Daily What


200 years of history in 4 minutes

January 7, 2011

Dr. Hans Rosling enthusiastically explains the past 200 years using a real-time graphic that will thrill you.

Don’t you think it would have been a little forward thinking if part of the original Judeo-Christian curse (pain in childbirth, farming the earth, etc.) included the warning that bacteria, cancers, viruses and various diseases would prevent life expectancy from passing 40 until after the Industrial Revolution?

Thanks for the video link, Old Fart!


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