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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Entire human knowledge - FAQs

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Q: Hallo?
A: Yes.

Q: How much human knowledge is there?
A: A lot. More than enough for one human brain. Human knowledge is far more plentiful than most anoraks at the garden centre imagine.

Q: Is it OK to go to the garden centre but not wear an anorak?
A: Yes. You can go to the garden centre wearing an ill-fitting Christmas jumper your mother knitted for you five years ago, or a dinner jacket. But perhaps don't wear the jumper under the dinner jacket.

Q: Of course not. But if one wore the jumper over the dinner jacket, it would reduce the appeal of the dinner jacket, wouldn't it?
A: Yes. It would reduce the immediate visual appeal of the dinner jacket. But the theoretical appeal of the dinner jacket as a sartorial stratagem would remain undiminished. In a garden centre, no one would expect a man wearing a dinner jacket to be a professional shoplifter.

Q: I am interested in Entire Human Knowledge.
A: What is your question?

Q: Why am I am interested in Entire Human Knowledge?
A: Because you are deeply ignorant; transcendentally ignorant; so ignorant that almost every fragment of knowable human knowledge is unknown to you.

Q: So some human knowledge is unknowable then? I didn't know that.
A: Yes it is, and no you didn't.

Q: Which human knowledge is unknowable?
A: No one knows.

Q: I find that I have an unquenchable hunger and thirst for Entire Human Knowledge. What can I do?
A: Read Plato's Republic in the original Greek.

Q: I've tried that. It didn't help. Why didn't reading Plato in the original Greek work for me?
A: Are you fluent in Ancient Greek?

Q: No. I don't know any Ancient Greek at all. And I am not fluent in modern Greek, either.
A: If you don't have Greek, there is little to be gained from reading Plato in the original Greek. You won't understand it.

Q: What, then, can I do to address my unquenchable hunger and thirst for Entire Human Knowledge?
A: Read George Eliot's Middlemarch in the original English.

Q: Is George Eliot's Middlemarch equivalent in importance to Plato's Republic, as far as Entire Human Knowledge is concerned?
A: Yes. There are minor differences of context, style and authorial intent, but they have approximately the same canonical status within Entire Human Knowledge.

Q: What is that canonical status?
A: 7.

Q: What does that mean?
A: It means that within the canon of truly significant writing thus far produced by human civilisation on this planet, only six works, or clusters of works, are more important than Plato's Republic or George Eliot's Middlemarch.

Q: Does that suggest that there are flaws in the writing of Plato and George Eliot?
A: Serious flaws, yes.

Q: What are those flaws?
A: First, Plato makes no attempt to explain why Casaubon died only eighteen months after marrying Dorothea Brooke. Second, Eliot completely fails to notice Will Ladislaw's obsession with Socratic Dialogue.

Q: What are the reasons for those literary deficiencies?
A: There are two reasons. First, it is plain that Plato never bothered to engage in a close reading of George Eliot. Second, George Eliot was obviously so blinded by the intellectual gymnastics of Mr Bambridge that the steady cerebral rigour of Will Ladislaw escaped her attention.

Q: Do these howling deficiencies undermine the integrity of Entire Human Knowledge?
A: Only if they are allowed to do so by the gatekeepers of 21st Century cultural taste. It may not be too late.

Q: What can be done to prevent further decline?
A: More attention might be paid to items 1 to 6 in the canonical hierarchy of significant texts.

Q: What are those texts?
A: No one knows. They were all burned in the first fire at the Alexandrian Library in 391CE.

Q: That would appear to present an unsurmountable obstacle to my quest for Entire Human Knowledge.
A: Not necessarily.

Q: You mean there's hope for me?
A: Yes. You might consider developing personal omniscience.

Q: That's a good idea. If I was omniscient, I would know what was burned at the Alexandrian Library, before it actually was burned, and I could retrieve the unburned texts by an act of concentrated thought.
A: You could indeed.

Q: Why has no one done this before?
A: People have. Nazis, mostly.

Q: How do you mean?
A: Before the Nazis burn down a document store such as the Reichstag, they extract the documents first. Thus they retain a record of the textual content of the incinerated documents.

Q: That's useful.
A: Yes. And then, after the Second World War, they can take the documents to America and start work all over again.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A new scripture shortly to be published

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Young Mary Halton
Of Quernmore, Lancashire,
Sat down
To write a new scripture.

She had read
All the extant world scriptures
And had found them to be
Of poor quality.

They were badly written,
Badly edited,
Spiritually incoherent,
Divisive,
Negative,
Manipulative,
Deceitful,
Irrelevant,
Religious,
Out-of-date
And boring.

Which, presumably,
Is why the major world religions
Have taken such care
To preserve them,
She thinks.

In radical contradistinction,
Mary has decided
That her new scripture
Will be different.

Her new scripture
Will be of good quality,
Well written,
Intelligently edited,
Coherent,
Inclusive,
Positive,
Allowing,
Truthful,
Relevant to modern people,
Non-religious,
Up-to-date
And interesting.

A little while ago,
She approached a publisher
With her synopsis.

It was rejected.

There is no market
For such a scripture,
She was told,
Even in the fantasy genre.

People are very religious
These days;
They are afraid of terrorists
And the worldwide collapse
Of capitalist values.

They want scriptures
Which are badly written,
Badly edited,
Spiritually incoherent,
Divisive,
Negative,
Manipulative,
Deceitful,
Irrelevant,
Religious,
Out-of-date
And boring,
To support their
Beliefs.

Mary began to write
Her new scripture,
Anyway.


It would have to be
Self-published
On the internet.

"Adam and Eve were
Courageous spiritual pioneers,"
She started,
"The doctrine of Original Sin
Is a control fiction
Of matrix religiosity.
The function of the fiction
Is to foment fear.
The function of the fear
Is to suffocate love.
And without love,
 
The individual
Cannot connect
With the God-process
Of the universe,
Which is love."

"It is a spiritual law
That like attracts like:
Fear attracts fear;
Love attracts love."

"The doctrine of Original Sin
Is a good example
Of the generation
Of negative spiritual values
By emergent churchianity
In the patristic period ...."

At this point,
There was a rustling of gossamer
And The Holy Spirit,
Slightly out of breath,
Walked into the room
And introduced Himself.

"Who are you?"
Mary asked.
"I am the Holy Spirit;
Traditionally I inspire
The writing of new scriptures."

"Are you here to make trouble?"
Said Mary.

"Certainly not.
I simply dropped in
To say
That I rather like your stuff,
And if you decide,
When it's complete,
To self-publish it
As a new scripture
On the internet,
Then I'll make sure
That the word gets around,
And I'll ask the angels
Who look after these things,
To hotlink your new scripture
Into all the right blogs,
Websites
And search engines."

"Why are you
Out of breath?"
Asked Mary.

"There is a lot
Of new scripture
Being written
At the moment –
Not all of it
In Quernmore, Lancashire,"
Said the Holy Spirit.

"I suppose you're going to tell me
What to write,"
Said Mary.

"Goodness gracious, no,"
Said the Holy Spirit,
"If I were to tell you
What to write,
I would be in serious danger
Of infringing your free will,
Wouldn't I?"

"You certainly would,"
Said Mary.
"Would you like a cup of tea?"

"I only drink tea
Which is heavily allegorised
Or subtly metaphorated."

"I understand completely,"
Said Mary,
"You want raspberry leaf tea,
Don't you?"

"Yes please,"

Said the Holy Spirit.



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