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  1. This sounds good – and an obvious conclusion, but it assumes there can be no thinking without reading. What did people do before books? Did they not think? What about societies with an oral rather than a written tradition? Are they not thinking?

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    • Of course oral traditions were the foundation of modern cultures and collective consciousnesses, but as I understood this quotation, by reading different books, we are more open to diversity, to influence of different knowledge which is a prerequisite for creative and innovative thinking. In other words, we give ourselves an opportunity not “to follow the crowd” all the time. By following the crowd and the thinking patterns of majority, there is no any societal progress.

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