This chapter reflects on thinking and writing about writing, an exercise it calls “superscript.” It suggests that all writing is “right”: it is a gesture of setting up and ordering written signs. And written signs are, directly or indirectly, signs for ideas. So writing is a gesture that aligns and arranges ideas. And written signs are the quotation marks of right thinking. All writing is orderly, and there is something mechanical about this ordering. One can leave writing, this ordering of signs, to machines. That is, grammar machines, artificial intelligences that take care of this order on their own and fundamentally perform not only a grammatical but also a thinking function. The chapter then discusses two kinds of thinking, namely, mythical thinking and logical thinking. It also describes writing consciousness as historical consciousness and how writing, as an ordering of written signs into rows, can be mechanized and automated. Finally, it contends that all history can be confidently left to automated machines.
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