November 13, 2012
Hectographic Memory

Albert Jay Nock:

Concerning culture as a process, one would say that it means learning a great many things and then forgetting them; and the forgetting is as necessary as the learning. Diligent as one must be in learning, one must be as diligent in forgetting; otherwise the process is one of pedantry, not culture. The trouble with the pedant is not that be has learned too much, for one can never do that, but that he has not forgotten enough. In the view of culture, the human spirit is somewhat like the oldfashioned hectograph which had to be laid aside for a day or so after each use, to let the surface impression sink down into the gelatine pad. The pedantís learning remains too long on the surface of his mind; it confuses and distorts succeeding impressions, thus aiding him only to give himself a conventional account of things, rather than leaving his consciousness free to penetrate as close as possible to their reality, and to see them as they actually are.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at November 13, 2012 05:58 PM
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I am reminded of a quote by
Eric Hoffer:

"In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find
themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer
exists."

Posted by: Buck on November 14, 2012 3:52 PM
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