THE WRITING EFFECT [The cognitive box Homo sapiens are in] is an exciting new essay linking developments in cognitive science to historical facts about writing. The conclusions are astounding and completely relevant to Homo sapiens interaction with the world we create daily.
According to top researchers like Dr. John Searle, Mills Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Language at University of California- Berkeley, the big step between civilization and more primitive forms of human society is written language. Writing is the infrastructure of civilization itself. It’s a virtual environment for the human mind. Advanced expressions of civilization, such as killing others because we disagree with them, marriage, or becoming an editor, are only possible because of written language. Written language shapes our cognition.
In James Bowen’s book, A History of Education, he discusses global literacy rates. It turns out that from the period writing began roughly 5,000 years ago until about 500 years ago, 99% of mankind was illiterate. The implications are immense. A handful of men from our ancient past shaped human cognition and created the formative matrix of how we view ourselves in the world today.
This paper reveals the source of mankind’s psychological split from the planet from which he evolved. This cognitive disconnect created in the minds of men has effectively caused mass extinction, suffering, and destruction. Homo sapiens’ hallucination of a male character in-their-own-image exerts a powerful influence over our civilization today. He is a significant part of the background matrix influencing human behavior on a broad scale.
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Published August 26, 2012
Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference.