Cognitive Cost of Reading

I’m mostly putting this here as a link so that I can find it again when I need to.  But it turns out that many of the parts of the brain which are wired for understanding the natural world, may in fact be the parts of the brian which get re-wired for learning to read and write.

If this is so, then there’s a clear reason why our highly-literate society is so disrespectful of nature — we’ve literally re-purposed the parts of our brain designed to interact with and recognize discrete parts of the natural world, to the point where it is merely an unrecognizable backdrop to our own merely-human drama.

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