In The Myth of the Machine, the historian Lewis Mumford warned that computers were sucking away our freedom and destroying “life-enhancing values.” An injunction on punch cards of the period—“Do not fold, spindle or mutilate”—became an ironic phrase of the antiwar Left. – Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs This phrase “Do not fold, spindle or mutilate” […]

In my last post, I explored the possibility that the Voynich Manuscript was written by witches. There’s one part of the book I’ve been tiptoeing around, and that’s the so-called “Biological” section. It’s called that because some people have purported that it demonstrates biological processes using unclothed nymph females. Another name is the “Balneological” section, and I […]