Fascinating. And the excerpt recalls me suddenly to Henry Reed’s “Naming of Parts.” But perhaps the “apparatus” referred to is of a different sort. Even so, “the investigation of a subject, the effort involved in understanding it, is calculated to teach us to know it better from several sides and to attach it most readily to our system of thought…”
Hello, I like the quote and while I don’t know the author or the context of this quote—it resonates with me and my analysis of certain theories of learning (behaviorism, individual cognitivism, connectivism) in which technologies are used to replace human teachers for reasons of instructional efficiency (speed, distribution, dissemination) rather than consideration of learning effectiveness.
Gardner Campbell, I just came across your blog and hope that I have not transgressed by offering my input. But the quote was quite charming and incisive.