Required reading

AliceI have this theory that all children by age 5 should read or have read to them the Alice books by Lewis Carrol: and that all children at age 12 should hear at least a few episodes of The Goon Show. This isn't just because I was a great fan of the Alice book before I could read, and a great fan of the Goons in my teens (when they were originally broadcast).

The Alice books teach you logical thought, at an age when you couldn't be expected to understand the concept, by demonstrating its misuse - the business about seeing Nobody on the road, for example.

The Goon Show goes way beyond logic and demonstrates, for comic effect, leaps of unreason that take a thought beyond its logical limits and make an unexpected connection.

I believe that both can expand the way you learn to think and pave the way for creative and expanded methods of thought in later life.

And, perhaps more to the point, they're fun.

Posted: Tue - August 28, 2007 at 08:49 AM by Roger Wilmut          



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