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'''The Burning Library''' is a popular life extensionist analogy to compare the destruction of wisdom, knowledge and experiences such as the Great Library of Alexandria,<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_of_the_Library_of_Alexandria</ref> to that of the knowledge lost when a human being dies.
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'''The Burning Library''' is a popular [[life extensionism|life extensionist]] analogy to compare the destruction of wisdom, knowledge and experiences such as the Great Library of Alexandria,<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_of_the_Library_of_Alexandria</ref> to that of the knowledge lost when a human being dies.
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<blockquote>Every time a human being dies, a library burns. It's a horrible tragedy.
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- [[Anders Sandberg]]<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfTqXL0d9Ls Quest for immortality]</ref></blockquote>
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== History ==
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It was first coined in 1960 by Amadou Hampâté Bâ, a Malian writer and ethnologist:
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<blockquote>“En Afrique, quand un vieillard meurt, c’est une bibliothèque qui brûle.” ("In Africa, when an old man dies, it’s a library burning.")</blockquote>
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The saying means that African oral history is especially valuable and suffers a great loss with the death of each elder. “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground” is a popular form of the saying that has also been used by American genealogists and historians.<ref>[https://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/when_an_old_man_dies_a_library_burns_to_the_ground_proverb/ “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground” (proverb)]</ref>
 
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Latest revision as of 13:08, 25 July 2018

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The Burning Library is a popular life extensionist analogy to compare the destruction of wisdom, knowledge and experiences such as the Great Library of Alexandria,[1] to that of the knowledge lost when a human being dies.

Every time a human being dies, a library burns. It's a horrible tragedy. - Anders Sandberg[2]

History

It was first coined in 1960 by Amadou Hampâté Bâ, a Malian writer and ethnologist:

“En Afrique, quand un vieillard meurt, c’est une bibliothèque qui brûle.” ("In Africa, when an old man dies, it’s a library burning.")

The saying means that African oral history is especially valuable and suffers a great loss with the death of each elder. “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground” is a popular form of the saying that has also been used by American genealogists and historians.[3]

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