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The Voynich Manuscript: will we ever be able to read this book?
Posted: 05 June 2011 03:43 AM   [ Ignore ]
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An interesting little read regarding one of the items to be found in the Hoaxipedia.

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Somewhere deep inside the bowels of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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Posted: 05 June 2011 03:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Other theories argue that the text’s meaning is concealed in tiny markings on the individual characters themselves, or that it contains a naturally occurring, non-European language that has been rewritten with an invented alphabet. In 2003, Gordon Rugg, a computer scientist at Keele University, claimed to have created a bogus language similar to Voynichese by using a “grille” to place invented letters on a page at random. But doubts about the claims have since arisen. “I don’t really think he proved or disproved anything,” says Dr Hodgins.

One of the theories that has gained ground in recent years, says Prof Rubio, is that the manuscript employs steganography to conceal its contents. This means that some or even most of the text is nonsense, and that only parts or even individual characters form part of the language. If this method was indeed employed, in addition to a cipher, then translating the contents might be exceedingly difficult.

Put on the spot, Dr Hodgins says: “It’s either a secret alchemical text, with the pictures telling a story

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Posted: 05 June 2011 12:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’ve loved the Voynich since I first read about it.  I’m inclined to believe the hoax theory, though we may never know what the hoaxer intended with it, and that it will never be readable because there’s not actually anything encoded in it in the first place.  It’s still a beautiful and well executed manuscript though, unforeseeable breakthroughs in technology/technique aside, we shall probably never know more about it than we do now.

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Posted: 05 June 2011 12:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Hmmmm… maybe Donald G. Harden could crack it.

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Posted: 05 June 2011 02:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The Voynich manuscript came up in a roleplaying game I was in.. apparently, it’s really a grimoire of life-based magics.

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Posted: 05 June 2011 04:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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So is the Necronomicon.  wink

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Posted: 05 June 2011 06:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Actually, that came up too.. It is purportedly a grimoire of death magics, but is actually designed to fool would-be necromancers into casting bogus spells. Just enough information, you know? Spells to gain favor with demons actually make them a towering beacon of light to those with true mage sight, etc.

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