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December 02, 2003

Eco on the Future of Books

Vegetal and mineral memory: The future of books - Last month, Umberto Eco was invited by the city of Alexandria to give a lecture at the newly opened Bibliotheca Alexandrina. He has some interesting thoughts on libraries:

Libraries, over the centuries, have been the most important way of keeping our collective wisdom. They were and still are a sort of universal brain where we can retrieve what we have forgotten and what we still do not know. If you will allow me to use such a metaphor, a library is the best possible imitation, by human beings, of a divine mind, where the whole universe is viewed and understood at the same time. A person able to store in his or her mind the information provided by a great library would emulate in some way the mind of God. In other words, we have invented libraries because we know that we do not have divine powers, but we try to do our best to imitate them.

[via LibraryPlanet]

Yours, &c., LC | 12:57 PM | Librariana , Writing & Language | TrackBack (0)

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