It’s all good and well that humans have the capability to figure things out, but if we didn’t then pass on what we’ve learned, then we wouldn’t be able to advance all that much. Indeed, the key part of human advancement isn’t necessarily our intelligence: it’s knowing which information to transmit to the next generation. We only know how to do anything — and what not to do — because someone before us has figured it out, and the information was passed on. There’s no way that we could have figured out how to make, say, a microwave if we didn’t have access to all the critical information that came beforehand that would make it possible.
We pass information on in various ways, but the two most com ways are by orally transmitting knowledge and the written word. Thanks to people writing things down, we’re able to access thoughts and knowledge from thousands of years ago which we ordinarily would not possess. For this reason, it’s not hard to see why libraries have become such important institutions in a healthy community. And it’s not just education that libraries provide: they’re also community meeting spots, where people can connect and self-improve.
Throughout history there have been a host of important libraries, and many are still around today. The British Library and the Library of Congress, for example, are just two modern libraries that stand out. To learn more about the world’s most important libraries, check out the infographic from the University of Southern California below.
Infographic Design By University of Southern California
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