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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Acknowledgement and Analysis of Sin

When it comes to quixotic quests, perhaps none is more intractable than nudging a hopelessly dysfunctional system in the Bokononic direction of enlightenment.

A few years ago, a correspondent reminded me of Augustine, who is notable for having introduced the term "Original Sin" into the conversation. Of course, being a systems scientist rather than a theologian, I'm more inclined to analyze ''systemic errors'' rather than reckon anything as mortifying as "Original Sin." Still, it occurred to me that Augustine might have been on to something, so I took a closer look at what he was blathering on about with all of that godspeak.

Turns out a few of those pioneering oligarchs (e.g. Solon and Hammurabi, among others) had introduced a tragic logic error into their calculus. Rather than call it "Original Sin," I'd rather call it "Hammurabi's Original Logic Error" or "Humankind's Original Logic Error." Either way, the acronym comes out HOLE, so that one can smirk and say that those who embrace their flawed paradigm have a HOLE in their head.

But I digress. It's difficult to do peer-reviewed original research in the field of Neuro-Mathematical Systems Theology, so one is obliged to follow the lead of Umberto Eco, who said, "Whereof we cannot express a theory, we must narrate a story instead."

And I say, even if we can express a theory, we damn well better present it as a story anyway, since theory tends to make most people's eyes bleed.

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9:40 AM  
Blogger Moulton said...

"That which cannot be spoken of in words must be expressed by making phunny phaces." ~Marcel Marceau

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10:18 AM  
Blogger Moulton said...

Edvard Munch would agree. ;)

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9:24 AM  
Blogger Moulton said...

Would you settle for The Sound Of Nonsense?

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