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        Date: 2022-01-02 17:34:01+00:00
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thank you very much for the link to Moure's essay and his motto taken from
Kierkegaard. I like paradoxes, and by this example it seems that the english
language, with shimmering in thin|g|k| and no|thing, is more comfortable than
dansk or german for riddles. Seeking for assurance I searched as usual by
Google; at top:

King Lear: Nothing from nothing leaves nothing - The Bill ... › 2016/05 › king-...9 May 2016 — The Bill
/ Shakespeare Project takes a look at nothing in the play ... of King Lear, a
curious thing happens to the use of “nothing” to, ...
Would it be aCartsian joke if I think: nothing cuz no think?

I remember a similar joke under german undergraduates, a syllogism:

Wissen ist Macht. Ich weiß nichts. Macht nichts.

All the best for the New Year!

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              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 434.
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        Subject: On the Nature of Machines and the Machines of Nature


I woke up having learnt that there is a Humanist knock knock joke (a species of

What happens when you cross Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis with Douglas Adams
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?

                                          world computers : computers world
                                            possible worlds : worlds possible

Yes the cross pollination is a form of knock knock joke which we know is a
species of riddle (implement for sifting soil).

I involve and invoke here the notion of possible worlds to link the image of an
integrated system at the planetary level with the work of imagining the workings
of such a system. My tutor text is Doležel, Lubomír. "Epilogue" in
Heterocosmica. I take his three rewrite principles for postmodern verbal texts
and apply the typology to intermedial (aka transmedial) translation or
transduction to use Doležel’s term. [1]

Of course, I am anxious for and about feedback on what so far are notes becoming
drafts becoming hypertext + commentary or  commentary + hypertext becoming
drafts becoming notes. These notes / drafts are like some automata or
hermeneutica toys (Sinclair and Rockwell) or word machines as poet Eírin Moure
reminds us via CBC

When it comes to poetry, Erín Moure asks 'How is this
tiny machine working?’ [2]

Which could be translated also into “how is this tiny body working” — the body
being a microcosm of the world.


[2] Sharing Strange Connections is an original work by Erín Moure. It is part of
Connection, a special series of new, original writing featuring work by some of
the English-language winners of the 2021 Governor General's Literary Awards,
presented in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.

All the best for the New Civil Year,


François Lachance, Ph.d.

living in the beginning of the long 22nd century; sequencing the  "future

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