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VMs: Re: Barachias
Just to avoid confusion,
I (at least) was joking :-)
Sorry not to have made it more obvious,
--- Dana Scott <dfscott@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Perhaps, but what precedence would there have been
> for Kircher to do
> this? What would the earth shaking motive have been?
> For a man of
> Kircher's stature and genius duping the hoi polloi
> would have been less
> rewarding it seems to me than inventing a 'perfect'
> cipher, in which
> case our quest is no less the worse for wear. I
> think "the game is still
> afoot". Kircher certainly was not in need of funds
> nor more fame than he
> had already acquired. His voluminous correspondence
> does not appear to
> hint at foul play nor do I expect that his intellect
> uncontrolled signs of grandeur even if he did have
> an inflated ego, but
> then again what do I know? Was he really that
> interested in botany and
> nymphs, baths, astrology, cosmology, the sun, the
> moon, and the stars?
> If indeed the VMS can be attributed to Kircher then
> I would tend to side
> with his having developed the manuscript as a
> challenge to mankind to
> decipher this exquisite enigma. So it may be a hoax
> of a different sort
> but from Kircher's camp I would still expect the VMS
> to produce a
> cornucopia of meaningful content.
> Dana Scott
> Rene Zandbergen wrote:
> > --- Jorge Stolfi <stolfi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > Ohmy!
> > >
> > > Notice that the manuscript, Marci's "cover
> > > and all the
> > > original letters that mention Georg Baresch
> > > the VMS were found
> > > among Kircher's correspondence at PUG...
> > >
> > > ...so here is Voynich Theory 12,332-B: not only
> > > VMS, but also all
> > > those letters, were faked by Kircher himself!
> > > Georg Baresch is no
> > > more real than Rabbi Barachias!
> > Yes! He had to insert these letters among the
> > ones unobtrusively, so he just took out and
> > most of the ones containing drawings and copies
> > of sword inscriptions, etc. which explains why
> > are all missing, and there's no gap in the page
> > numbering.
> > But was it Kircher, or an overly zealous Jesuit
> > him?
> > Cheers, Rene
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