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Re: VMs: some thoughts/observations

Hi Nick et al

On another point....

On 20 Feb 2004, at 10:53, Nick Pelling wrote:

Hi William,


You also ask why many of us are dismissive of Kelley-as-hoaxer theories: my own opinion is simply that it is hard to explain why a hoaxer would go to the trouble of producing an ms with structure at every level - stroke adjacency, letter adjacency, letter pairs, word structure, word-initial, word-final, Neal keys, line-beginning, line-end, paragraph, page, language. The question also arises as to why they would use a character set which is unsuited to fast writing with a quill (this would seem to be a very poor decision), and non-flamboyant content (as opposed to alchemy or obscure religious symbols). Furthermore, even if you accept that they would be bothered to take all those on as design aims, what was their methodology - ie, how did they achieve them?

I'm not convinced that the effort required to produce VMs indicates genuineness at the expense of fake. Fakers will surely go to enormous lengths, if they think it will pay off (that could be an erroneous assumption). Complexity of structure? Why not, if both Kelley and Dee found such things as Enochian easy enough to perpetrate then why not VMs???

Go on - try to convince me!


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