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Old 10-04-2020, 09:52 AM   #20
Join Date: Apr 2019
Default Re: The Skills that define a TL

Originally Posted by whswhs View Post
The Library of Congress system was developed in 1897. So it seems to be part of the same transition.
Yep. A paradigm shift. The Carnegie Libraries in the U.S. were built starting in the early 1880s and transformed the intellectual possibilities of small-town America (and Canada, and Australia, the UK, France, the Caribbean, and many other places). Those libraries wouldn't have been built if not for the Dewey Decimal System and the subsequent transformation of our public awareness of the nature of information. Libraries go from mysterious, odd collections presided over by sages or private or mostly semi-private interests to repositories of public knowledge available to anyone, regardless of class or creed. The autodidact is born. A total paradigm shift.

It could be argued that a shift in the basic premises of the Research skill is a prerequisite for a shift in Tech Level.
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