Information as food / Word as food

28 Jun

I’m a librarian by day, and I found this TED talk on the “Library Link of the Day” site.

It’s called “Information as Food” and I think it is well worth listening to (its about 8 minutes).  The speaker, J.P. Rangaswami draws all kinds of interesting and creative parallels between information as food.

It’s very interesting to think about this from a theological perspective.  Some motifs that come to mind:

  • belly vs the mind
  • Word of God as our food
  • his view is not so related to truth, of course. His view is not that we live by truth (“every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”… “my words are Spirit and life”…) but it is more about practical and aesthetic realities… The truth is that God often fasts from eloquence and gives us the truly healthy stuff, in love.  Love and words are inseparable.
  • also – we can’t treat information as a buffet.  As we come to understand God rightly from our teachers (the “Rule of Faith”), we increasingly realize what kind of food we should be readily receiving and actively seeking…

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