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Herbert Marshall McLuhan
(1911 - 1980)

Canadian author and communications theorist.

Science Quotes by Herbert Marshall McLuhan (11 quotes)

Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.
— Herbert Marshall McLuhan
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Before the printing press, the young learned by listening, watching, doing.
— Herbert Marshall McLuhan
In 'Classroom Without Walls', Explorations (May 1957), No. 7. Collected in Edmund Carpenter and Marshall McLuhan (eds.), Explorations in Communication, an Anthology (1960), 1.
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If it works, it’s obsolete.
— Herbert Marshall McLuhan
Essential McLuhan (1996), 155.
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It’s always been true that whatever pleases teaches more efficiently.
— Herbert Marshall McLuhan
In 'Classroom Without Walls', Explorations (May 1957), No. 7. Collected in Edmund Carpenter and Marshall McLuhan (eds.), Explorations in Communication, an Anthology (1960), 3.
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It’s misleading to suppose there’s any basic difference between education & entertainment. This distinction merely relieves people of the responsibility of looking into the matter.
— Herbert Marshall McLuhan
In 'Classroom Without Walls', Explorations (May 1957), No. 7. Collected in Edmund Carpenter and Marshall McLuhan (eds.), Explorations in Communication, an Anthology (1960), 3.
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Only puny secrets need protection. Great discoveries are protected by public incredulity.
— Herbert Marshall McLuhan
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Science quotes on:  |  Discovery (785)  |  Great (1575)  |  Incredulity (5)  |  Need (290)  |  Protect (58)  |  Protection (36)  |  Public (96)  |  Puny (8)  |  Secret (195)

Ours is a brand-new world of allatonceness [all-at-once-ness]. “Time” has ceased, “space” has vanished. We now live in a global village … a simultaneous happening. … The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.
— Herbert Marshall McLuhan
Co-author with Quentin Fiore, in The Medium is the Massage (1967), 63-67.
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The answers are always inside the problem, not outside.
— Herbert Marshall McLuhan
(Attributed ??) This quote is often seen, but without a citation, even on the official Marshall McLuhan website. If you known a primary print source, please contact Webmaster.
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The electric age ... established a global network that has much the character of our central nervous system.
— Herbert Marshall McLuhan
Understanding Media: the Extensions of Man? (2nd Ed.,1964), 302.
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The medium is the message.
— Herbert Marshall McLuhan
Understanding Media (1964), title of Chapter 1.
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Why is it so easy to acquire the solutions of past problems and so difficult to solve current ones
— Herbert Marshall McLuhan
(Attributed ??) This quote is often seen, but without a citation, even on the official Marshall McLuhan website. If you known a primary print source, please contact Webmaster.
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