This is a Mesopotamian cuneiform tablet from circa 5000 years ago and is one of the earliest known records of the written word. It contains a schedule of payments to workers made in beer. This is one of the podcast episodes in A History of the World. It has triggered some of the thoughts I am currently sharing.
It is not surprising then that in our rapidly accelerating evolutionary environment as we approach the singularity; we are experiencing some difficulty in the transition from traditional methods of engaging in social discourse. In my last blog I provoked an engaging discourse that suffered a little from not being face to face and also was diminished as it clearly wasn't a peer reviewed journal. Its really worth reading the dialogue in the comments between Eric and myself if you get time. I can't help thinking though that as we blunder and err our way through this proto-social-communication tool we are in some way chipping the cool wet Tigris and Euphrates clay.