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The art of conversation

The writer or, for that matter, the speaker conceives his thought whole, as a unity, but must express it in a line of words; the reader- or listener- must take this line of symbols and from it the original wholeness of thought. There is difficulty in conversation, because the listener receives innumerable cues from the physical expressions of the speaker; there a dialogue, and the listener can in at any time. The advantage of group discussion is that people can overcome linear sequence of words by on ideas from different directions; which makes for wholeness of thought. But the reader is confronted by line upon line of printed symbols, without benefits of physical and emphasis or the possibility of dialogue or discussion.