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Robert Hassan offers a perspective permeated by a sense of history, beginning with the invention of writing and the development of th ...
Robert Hassan offers a perspective permeated by a sense of history, beginning with the invention of writing and the development of the skill of reading. Together with technological developments, these provide a unique view of the trajectory of modernity into late-modernity, and illustrate how the arc of progress has transformed. New modes of time, technology, and reading and writing are helping create a faster world where we know less about more—and forget what we know evermore quickly. What is the “time” of a thought? Is it possible to measure thinking? Can we consider knowledge or information, or reading and writing, as having temporal “rhythms”? These are questions Hassan tries to answer. So unfamiliar are we to thinking in such terms that they sound impossible. To a significant degree, time, thinking, and many forms of knowledge are the fruits of subjective experience. We connect experiences at superficial levels, where people have different experiences that may be objectively the same, but our interpretations will always diverge in respect of the “reality” we confront. This intersection of philosophy and communication takes the reader into new realms of analysis.
Featured in the April 2012 Creative Enterprises newsletter.
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Publication date: 2011-10
Number of pages: 219
Subjects: Non-fiction, Reference, Research & Information, Communication Studies, Science And Technology, Computing And IT, Information Technology: General Issues, Physics, Time (Chronology), Time Systems & Standards, Social Sciences, Psychology