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Re: Time machines
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: Time machines
- From: wes white <octopuspowder@HOTMAIL.COM>
- Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 01:41:37 PDT
- Message-Id: <199810020841.BAA13110@SUL-Server-2.stanford.edu>
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These statements contradict each other, surely: The first reminds us
that books aren't useful as messages to the future unless they're
specifically designed *not* to self destruct (or be destroyed by
external forces) in a sort time.
Sorry for being picky.
>The Chinese, many years ago, thought that reliable inter-generational
>communication was best left to marks made on stone, bone, or pottery
>shards; paper was only suitable for intra-generational communication.
>Books, unless they are designed to self-destruct in a short time, are
our message to the future.
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