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Re: Re: VMs: Re: VMs, RuggWatch
======= At 2004-07-22, 15:16:00 you wrote: =======
>I like the WordNet definition of 'hoax' as "deliberate trickery intended to
>gain an advantage" - note that this is neutral on whether the means
>employed to execute the hoax should appear meaningful or not. For VMs hoax
>theory proponents, the VMs is therefore not a hoax - it is the residue of a
>hoax (ie, of an act of hoaxing).
Right you are. And it neither needed to encode the gibberish to be a hoax.What were the reasons for encoding some gibberish anyway? According to Gordon, it was to save time. O.K., if we take for instance Kelley, we can imagine WHY he would fabricate a hoax, but HOW he would go about it?
First, he would have to get some old vellum, reasonably old-looking ink and he could just
started to write, right? Wrong! He started to fill vellum with many pictures and spent
enormous number of hours just making them. Why would he waste so much time on
that? Just to add to the mystery? Sure, but so MANY pictures? It certainly beats
Gordon's reasoning that the author just wanted to save time.
Now for the text: wouldn't it be more reasonable for author to write some text of his
own and pretend it is something older? Kelley actually did write some works so why
settle here just for gibberish? And another thing: if the author used Cardan grille, why he had
to choose gibberish at all? The encoding would not go any faster than with "normal"
text! Besides, the VM has certain rules, that's why is now Gordon trying to figure out
how to simulate the VM structure. If those rules had to be implemented by author
manually, there was another substantial loss of time. And the result would be only the more sofisticated gibberish :-).
I think that's where Gordon drifted in the land of dreams - as a mathematician, he is
more interested in encrypting and automation of the process than in the psychology of a
hoaxer. All in all, Gordon knows that even if the encoding was done by Cardan grille,
he himself would not be able to solve it - there is still that strange script and dubious language -
so he could not provide the original text . By claiming the source was "gibberish", he bypassed all that - or he thinks so :-). All he has to do now is to provide another VM
look-alike gibberish, right? Not in my book. Another irony is he does not need Cardan
grille to do that, he can surely use some other encoding system.
The exotic cocktail of otherwise unconnected points - the Cardan grille, Kelley,
gibberish and hoax - may provide for good sci-fi, but is otherwise quite superficial
mixture, made by piling one assumption on another. That does not mean Gordon's efforts are without bonus - he might discover other hidden rules in the VM, but to our (and probably even his) sorrow it will never lead to the original text (or gibberish, for that matter :-).
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