Plato_Silanion_Musei_Capitolini_MC1377Excellent, another little example that I use frequently in my training courses (must double check is Plato & not Socrates!):

The maturing of digital technology is returning higher education to the age of the School of Athens, when Plato dismissed books as a dangerous disruption to education.

That was the argument made by William Rankin, director of learning at technology giant Apple, who said that it was up to universities to ensure that technology was used to connect students to the world rather than to isolate them from it.

Speaking at the Universia International Presidents’ Meeting in Rio de Janeiro on 29 July, Dr Rankin said that the School of Athens was built on the precept of students “walking through the streets exploring the world around them” without relying on the books whose use, Plato believed, would cause people to “cease to exercise their memories”.

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