A few years ago, in a BBC documentary, science writer Rita Carter told the story of how modern neuroscience has revealed that reading, something most of us take for granted, unlocks remarkable powers.
Carter explains how the classic novel Wuthering Heights allows us to step inside other minds and understand the world from different points of view, and she wonders whether the new digital revolution could threaten the values of classic reading.
You can read the transcript for the first ten minutes of the documentary here.
[BBC documentary] Why Reading Matters from International Dimensions of Tech on Vimeo.
H/T to Larry Ferlazzo.
You may also like to know that Ross Hailpern has devised a Ted-ed lesson based on the first ten minutes of the documentary.