lunch by the Siphraya Pier, Bangkok. reading McLuhan's interview from late 1960s and thinking of it related to the Jean M Auel books I've read - am reading her latest "The Land of the Painted Caves" during this trip. so his ideas on the development of the phonetic language are intersting - for CroMagnon man/humanoids (like us). Auel's books have talked about the sign language and large, communal memories of Neanderthal man (previous to us/CroMagnon) - they didn't have developed speech - or the ability to talk properly apart from a few words/sounds. so perhaps McLuhan's ideas mean we get the best of both worlds - memory outsourced to writing. I think Erik Davis has talked about these things in his Techgnosis book too iirc.
anyway, a lovely afternoon - lunch, reading and writing and ideas.
siphraya pier, bangrak