September 17, 2004

Ironies Abound

The Confidence Man reads in Wired (via Arts & Letters Daily) of the British epistemologist Gordon Rugg's thesis that something called "the Voynich manuscript" is an elaborate Renaissance forgery.

Now, the Confidence Man knows little of Rugg or this "Voynich manuscript"; but he does know that when an Italian science writer thinks that "the ideal Voynich expert - a code-breaking, medieval-savvy hoaxologist - probably [doesn't] exist," well ... then something fishy is afoot.

Hmmm ... a "code-breaking, medieval-savvy hoaxologist"? No, the Confidence Man can't think of any of those, either.

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