Giving up the Internet in the evening?

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Voynich translation by lm (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Sep 17, 2017 at 07:46:46 AM EST
Thing I thought oddest about Gibbs claim is that (a) abbreviating Latin texts is something that pretty much every medievalist has experience with and (b) how heavily the TLS article focuses on the illustrations being identical to known medical texts. My first inclination is that both of those two things would have been easy to notice by any serious scholar working on the Voynich manuscript.

Then I noticed in the rebuttal articles that I had glossed over the fact that in TLS article, Gibbs states he'll be doing a TV documentary about the new translation. It's looking to me like he suckered TLS into doing some free publicity for him.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
From what I've heard by wumpus (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Sep 17, 2017 at 12:15:45 PM EST
is that said abbreviations were harder for Gutenberg to reproduce, but considered "part of the text" and mandatory by his literate audience. I'm somewhat surprised they were ever removed, presumably the "new audience" (who could afford printed works but not scribed) preferred the lack of abbreviations and they sold better (and the printers may have had an interested selling such works).


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Shed loads of specialty symbols by lm (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Sep 17, 2017 at 04:34:04 PM EST
Sticking to the Latin alphabet and punctuation means quite a few fewer characters for your favorite moveable type printing device.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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Pagers by Herring (4.00 / 1) #4 Sun Sep 17, 2017 at 04:51:35 PM EST
I remember, at previous employer, when we got rid of pagers for mobile technicians because "we have mobile data now". There was a significant increase in messages not getting through. Senior management bought into the mobile company's "98% of the population is covered", thinking it meant "98% of the country". Which isn't true at all.

You can't inspire people with facts
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