Then how did they invent writing?

If not writing longhand makes you teh stoopid, then how did they invent it in the first place?

Study after study suggests that handwriting is important for brain development and cognition — helping kids hone fine motor skills and learn to express and generate ideas.

Uh huh. More likely study after study is bullshit.

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5 Responses to Then how did they invent writing?

  1. bluesun says:

    You know, because typing doesn’t use any dexterity or eye-hand coordination at all…

  2. DirtCrashr says:

    They invented typing before they invented writing! In Cuniform you can only speak in Haikus…

  3. Kristopher says:

    I realize you meant it in jest and sarcasm, but …..

    Writing was invented by the Sumerian culture by accident by tax collectors.

    Tax payments to the priests were recorded by making clay tokens representing barter units paid … an animal figuring for live stock, amphora figurine for oil, etc. These figurines were stored in a sealed and fired clay envelope to prevent tampering.

    In order to avoid having to break the envelope to determine the contents, the tokens were pressed against the outside of the soft envelope before there were sealed into it, with hash marks next to each figure to denote number of figures of a type inside, so an official could tell at a glance what was in it without breaking it open.

    Then they got the notion of not bothering to seal the figurines inside, since officials were only looking at the outside, and the envelope became a tablet.

    After that, they started using the hash marking tool to draw a stick figure of the token, instead of pressing the token itself. The stick figures started mutating into ideographs, thus inventing the written tax receipt.

    Once the ideographs started mutating into syllable symbols, writing was invented.

  4. DirtCrashr says:

    I was actually thinking of the Sumerians – and of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro which were closely related, and they seem to have figured it out (whatever IT was), but then lost it again. Current arguments are that they were (like Sumerian) a logo-syllabic writing system, and not a “script.” Right?

  5. Kristopher says:

    Yup. Not letters, but a symbol for each syllable.

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