Trolling for Geniuses (Yo! Picasso!)

Mentifex mentifex at scn.org
Sun Jun 21 08:55:05 EST 1998


Renatius Cartesius (who could be called "The Coordinates" just as
Tennessee Williams signed himself "The Plays") lived in the world
where information flowed across borders in the lingua Franca used
by all educated persons.  Today on 21.jun.1998 the Internet links
the nations but only the most erudite will attempt to grok Latin:
<PRE>
   /^^^^^^^^^\    Systema Centrale Nervosum       /^^^^^^^^^^\
  /  Memoria  \         _________                /  Memoria   \
 /  Visualis   \       /         \              /  Acustica    \
|               |     /           \            |                |
|               |    /    nodus    \-----------|-------------\  |
|               |    \ syntacticus /           |             |  |
|               |     \           /  ______    |             |  |
|               |      \_________/--/      \   |             |  |
|         recog-|nitio      |      / focus  \  |             |  |
|      /--------|-------\   |     /functionis\ |             |  |
|      |        |       |   |     \          / |             |  |
|   ___|___     |     __V___V__    \________/  |             |  |
|  /       \    |    /         \        |      |    ______   |  |
| /         \   |   /   rete    \       |      |   /      \  |  |
|( perceptum )--|--/   logico-   \------|------|--/engramma\ |  |
| \         /   |  \ conceptuale /      |      |  \  verbi / |  |
|  \_______/    |   \           /       |      |   \______/  |  |
|               |    \_________/   _____V__    |       |     |  |
|               |                 /        \---|-------'     |  |
|               |                /          \  |    _______  |  |
|               |               /   focus    \ |   /       \ |  |
|               |               \inflectionis/ |  /inflectio\|  |
|               |                \          /--|--\  verbi  /   |
|               |                 \________/   |   \_______/    |
</PRE>
You have to say "Rene Descartes" or Netizens won't even know whom
you are talking about:  the philosopher who said "Cogito ergo sum."

And if you post with concepts even mildly incomprehensible to the
techno-literati, the not quite top-level thinkers will flame you.

http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/ the public-domain Long March towards
artificial intelligence and the cybernetic economy calls out only
to the elite de l'elite and so please disregard and forgive S.V.P.



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