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It has been argued by several researchers that literacy is a form of psychotechnology. According to David Olson, for example, using written language opened three distinct avenues of human development: the emergence of explicit, autonomous prose; the ability to distinguish data from interpretation; and the growth of meta-language. All of these avenues are considered essential for systematic thought, as exemplified in the exponential growth of human culture following the advent of literacy.
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