Here are a few quotes from people who seemed to be terrified of progress, change, and/or education. To be fair, their arguments seemed valid at the time. Hey, they did! I’m glad “the crazy ones” ignored them, though. I stumbled across some of these in this blog post.

Socrates on the written word:

“…this invention will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because they will not practice their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are no part of themselves, will discourage the use of their own memory within them. You have invented an elixir not of memory, but of reminding; and you offer your pupils the appearance of wisdom, not true wisdom, for they will read many things without instruction and will therefore seem to know many things, when they are for the most part ignorant and hard to get along with, since they are not wise, but only appear wise.”

 John Henry Newman in his book “The Idea of a University”:

“What the steam engine does with matter, the printing press is to do with mind; it is to act mechanically, and the population is to be passively, almost unconsciously enlightened, by the mere multiplication and dissemination of volumes. Whether it be the school boy, or the school girl, or the youth at college, or the mechanic in the town, or the politician in the senate, all have been the victims in one way or other of this most preposterous and pernicious of delusions.”

New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller:

“We are outsourcing our brains to the cloud.” 

My point? The more things change, the more they stay the same!

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