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Re: VMs: Mad Kircher, was (lots)
Don Latham wrote:
I agree with Rene. If it was a hoax, where's the historical horselaugh? If
a copy for profit, where's the profit and the original(s)? Too organized for
psychotic glossolalia, so an organized, encoded/encrypted belief system.
Do you mean specifically a hoax perpetrated against Kircher, or a hoax
*in general*? For the general case, the evidence from the Kircher
letter itself points to a 600 ducat profit to whomever sold it to Rudolf
II. That certainly seems like a healthy dose of evidence, and reason
enough not to be very public about its creation.
But I agree that there doesn't seem to be much supporting evidence that
the manuscript was meant to hoax Kircher himself.
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