“With no effort, he had learned English, French, Portuguese and Latin. I suspect, however, that he was not very capable of thought. To think is to forget differences, generalize, make abstractions. In the teeming world of Funes, there were only details, almost immediate in their presence.”
— Jorge Luis Borges
The more easily we can get information, the less valuable it becomes. At the same time, understanding — the power to collapse information, to string it into patterns of meaning — is becoming more and more rare.
We are not in need of information so much as perspective on it — even a means of escaping from it.