This afternoon I saw @hrheingold tweet, "Neil Postman, 1990, "Informing Ourselves To Death" http://bit.ly/TOiyg interesting reflection on monks' invention of clocks & impacts". I'd never heard of Neil Postman prior to that, but the article's title caught my eye. As I was reading it, I was reminded of my recent post on the role of chess databases, but I was actually reminded most of all of what a friend of mine said to me long, long ago.
There we were going about our usual business of chess on a sunny weekend, I think it was, when all of a sudden this friend, usually given to out-of-left-field philosophical observations, said: "You know, the more you know, the harder chess becomes".
Sometimes, I just can't help thinking that maybe he was right!