26 MAY 2007, Page 24

Dim sum

Sir: Charles Moore asks what name should be given to the ‘dumbing down’ which threatens to reverse the Renaissance (Spectator’s Notes, 19 May). Then, reborn learning replaced much that was lost in the so-called Dark Ages. So, for more than one reason, the ‘Dimming’ would seem apt to describe the opposite process.

Benjamin Williams London EC4