“All our steps in creating or absorbing material of the record proceed through one of the senses—the tactile when we touch keys, the oral when we speak or listen, the visual when we read. Is it not possible that some day the path may be established more directly?“
Not that the whole article was a breeze to read through, but this excerpt particularly confuses me. Confuse may not be the right word, maybe intrigue would have been better, but nonetheless, each has pulls it’s own weight in my head.
If you are driving down the road in a 55 mph zone and pass a 45 mph sign you will slow down. Assuming all of us here are of good judgement and follow the rules on a daily basis, seeing that sign triggers something in your brain and then your brain tells your foot to press the brake, or at least take your foot off the gas. All of this happens within seconds or less. An even quicker example could be hearing the words thank you and immediately responding with a “you’re welcome.” The path from that person’s lips, to your ear, brain, and everything else in between you hearing those words and sending out your own response happens in the blink of an eye, I just can’t imagine there being anything quicker that that.
I’m not sure that there is a simpler or even more direct path to get to these kinds of conclusions.