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Re: Showing me or telling me? Succinct or verbose. (17/01/22 15:59:17)
    All kinds of problems. Language for one. My first language is phonemic. That means that I did learn reading in about an hour when I was about five years old. And keep reading since. My normal portion is a book a day. Mostly fiction, but anything else that's interesting enough. Have no TV and whenever I try to read the so called news it just pisses me off.

    Now if you take my second language - English - it's a complete mess. Poor relation between the written and spoken language. And you can add to it the ridiculous dialects the natives speak. So a big lot of the English speaking world cannot read. Also add to it the spirit of Orwell and Huxley. There is a language for the masses, and another one for the few chosen ( at least in the UK ). Try to read something from the undiscribable Daily Mail ( even a headline ). Compare it to The Times.

    So actually a big portion of the British population are functional illiterate. They don't read their own ( internationally respected ) literature, they rarely read world literature translated to English ( Mika Waltari, Panait Istrati, Robert Merle, all the russians, about nobody at all ). They don't keep books in their homes. Also they seems to be less sensitive to plain propaganda.

    And regardless of this both populations - the one with high level of literacy and the one with a shameful one - produces about the same level of intelligence when voting for political parties, making decisions.

    So probably just the ability to read isn't relevant to the ability to form intelligent thoughts. See also

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Re: Showing me or telling me? Succinct or verbose.