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Re: Nymphs and 3-space...?
- To: voynich@xxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: Nymphs and 3-space...?
- From: Rene Zandbergen <r_zandbergen@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 13:38:05 -0800 (PST)
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Nick Peling wrote:
> Sorry if this is an old observation, but it struck
> me a couple of days ago
> that the astrological nymphs' poses seem to indicate
> three orthogonal
> *spatial dimensions*:-
> facing direction left - right
> hand relative to hip behind - in front
> other hand relative to star up - down
> Try as I might, I haven't been able to shake this
> thought: if correct,
> there's something unsettlingly modern about this...
> the basic
> *Cartesian-ness* of it all.
> Of course, there's always the possibility that these
> are simply binary
> flags, and this is essentially a picture of a binary
> code... but this too
> was only really used by Bacon (Francis, not Roger),
> IIRC. Were there binary
> codes before Bacon? I can't recall seeing any, this
> could be the earliest.
> There's something wrong here, and I can't put my
> finger on it... :-|
Well, the observation is correct, and I personally
think that these features are quite deliberate.
I also think, however, that assigning it to
Cartesian coordinates or a binary code is the
result of thinking like a 20th Century observer.
There are perfectly good reasons for these
choices that would make sense to a late
medieval mind: North/South, rising/setting,
day/night, are but a small subset of such
possibilities, all in the astronomical domain.
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