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I have a webpage on the Voynich Manuscript. It's the most mysterious manuscript in the world. It is 7 x 10 inches in size and about 200 pages long. It was found in a chest in a Jesuit college in Italy. It is written in a flowing cursive script in alphabet that has never been seen elsewhere. Nobody knows what it means. During World War II some of the top military code-breakers in America tried to decipher it, but failed. A professor at the University of Pennsylvania seems to have gone insane trying to figure it out. People keep coming out with theories explaining it.
Today I got this email:
The Voynich Manuscript Book is from another World... similar to ours. The Book was magically written by God, and the original author awakened and found the manuscript like it is. Nobody on this Earth wrote it except God.
My personal opinion - I know because I have been working with God for few years now.
Here's my page on the Voynich, which I never finished:
The whole reason the concept of responsible satire has been summed up as “punch up, don’t punch down” is to acknowledge that not all your targets of satire start out on an equal footing. Francois Hollande is not on the same level as girls who have been kidnapped into sexual slavery, and having the same “no-holds-barred” attitude toward them both is not the same as treating them fairly.
And don't even get me started on Le Canard Enchainé, which is rife with context, current events, double and triple entendres, etc. I've never been so humbled in my purported ability to speak the language, as when I was trying to read that magazine, alongside a French friend who couldn't stop laughing at the articles, but had to explain every second or third sentence to me.
And this is what I find so frustrating about the original article in this post -- the author apparently didn't get the joke at all, and rather than asking someone who might, proceeded to critique it based on wildly fallacious assumptions. E.g., the whole "punch up/down" argument is completely upside down because of his misinterpretation.
In other news, hard cross-cultural communication is hard.
- University of GeorgiaEcology, 2006 - 2012
- UCLAEcology, Behavior and Evolution; Geography, 2001 - 2005
- North Hollywood Zoo Magnet1997 - 2001
I love ecology, networks, geography, and anything that makes me see the world a little differently. I have been described as being "more interesting than an attack goose".
I'm happy when a post inspires active discussion. Please note, however, that non-standard definitions of standard words tend to impede communication. If you insist on such definitions, I will start a new post where you can discuss them to your heart's content and leave the original post to more substantive conversation.
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