And Socrates complained about this new technology called writing. If people write everything down, how will they remember anything?
Why remember anything when we have Google?
I have known such people, or people who almost went that far. They don’t tend to be very useful, in my experience. But my sample size is admittedly not very large.
It’s easier to remember things when you write them down, I thought Socrates would have understood that!
Funnily enough, people in cultures without writing do tend to have creepily good memories. I once saw a history doc which touched on this from the point of view of the European Dark Ages after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. They mentioned people who could recall a thousand words, flawlessly, after having heard them exactly once.
It’s not so much that the claim about people remembering fewer things when they can write is wrong, it’s just that the upsides usually outweigh that drawback.
There were similar anecdotes in Allen Eckert’s books about early America. Participants in Indian councils could recite entire speeches they’d heard.
I have a professor that uses a chalk board, and he occasionally gets white smudges of chalk on his forehead