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I have no words.

The internet is flooded with pop culture bullshit. The Library contained precious works from some of the greatest geniuses in history--works that we know exist but were forever lost.




On the other hand, it is still literally true that the internet also contains (although minuscule in proportion) precious works from some of the greatest geniuses in history, that you will not finish reading in your lifetime.

My point is that it's not like there's any shortage of great reading materials. Unless you want some specific materials from the library of Alexandria, it does not make much sense to miss it.

More here: http://www.gwern.net/Culture%20is%20not%20about%20Esthetics


There's still people that care relatively little for the study of the past. The internet is also filled with lots of things that aren't "pop culture bullshit"


After I look at what careful study of great geniuses of the past and high culture did for us in the 1940s and ever since, forgetting the bulk of it (less technical stuff) is probably best. Most of the (intellectual) past is an albatross.




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