How do we read? Is it just because we can? No, it’s because we’re taught. But we are not all taught equally. The problem is, no matter the will to learn to read, there is often some impediment in our way. Crushing poverty, organized religion, dictatorships – they can all conspire to keep us from learning to read. But even if someone wins the battle to learn how to read, they may still be defeated by their own brain in the quest. Just how does the human mind understand the complex symbols and their associated meanings? What allows for the magic of reading? Throughout history, philosophers and medical experts have attempted to explain it. It has been one of life's great mysteries. And it is still a mystery to this day.

Instructor/Host: Alberto Manguel
Video Language: English