> The book does discuss magical writings, and Pythagoras, but all that is
> much too late to have affected the sequence. One can only speculate,
> it seems.
The codification and transmission of information and knowledge
using simple hand-made strokes and letterforms is such a powerful
piece of intellectual leverage, that it IS almost magical and mysterious,
especially to those who do not even know the "alphabet". In
anthropology, the development of writing and literacy is the
definition of civilization. Ultimately, even today, many people share
this feeling of awe at the power of letters. They design letter-forms,
and write notes on electronic discussion groups called typo-l...
The only inventions of personkind that compare with that of
writing are: the advent of printing; the invention of factories and
mechanization; and the current proliferation of computers and
computing technology... Isn't it magical that you are reading this
note right now?