Here’s a link to a nice little piece on the Voynich Manuscript that came out today in classy American online magazine Vox. Though clearly triggered by Nicholas Gibbs’ recent TLS non-theory, the article steers well clear of presenting it (or indeed anything else) as a Voynich solution or explanation – and praise be to the Cipher Gods On High for that small mercy.

Unusually, Vox’s mission – to engage with newsworthy subjects and explain them really clearly – is almost Reithian. In these online days (where journalism so often ends up thinner than the paper it’s printed on), this is an approach that’s so brutally old-fashioned it’s close to subversive. Whatever next – shock jocks touching on deeper truths that no-one dare name?

It may sound a little shallow, but I was actually very pleased to find my words used to close the article: that “The evil beauty of the Voynich manuscript […] is that it holds a mirror up to our souls”, i.e. all the while the Voynich Manuscript’s secrets remains uncracked, it seems we will always have to endure people peering into its haruspicious sheen and seeing exactly what they want to find. Oh well! 😐

5 thoughts on “Vox piece on the Voynich Manuscript…

  1. Josef Zlatoděj Prof. on September 19, 2017 at 9:19 am said:

    Nick. You see. They write about you too. Do not be sad. I’ll hold you inch. 🙂

  2. BraniSLAV on September 19, 2017 at 2:17 pm said:

    Sending greetings from central Europe, to be more precise from the place, where the whole story and events written in the Voynich manuscript took place. AI is not going to help, not even with an quantum computer. I know because my eyes and mind are wide open > To decipher the history you have to be very cognitive and be a descendant of the language that the texts are written in, otherwise nothing will make sense. All western scholars and experts can try, but I tell You > Even if You tried very hard for several years, know that all this effort, money and time spent on the subject are wasted, If you are not from the hearth of Europe… I’ll be honest with you >No matter what you do, You will never be able to solve the cipher and decode the text. With Regards > BraniSLAV

  3. Nick: thank you for the link to a well-written article.

    “I was actually very pleased to find my words used to close the article”
    I am pleased for you. Good words! As also your explanatory note:

    “all the while the Voynich Manuscript’s secrets remains uncracked, it seems we will always have to endure people peering into its haruspicious sheen and seeing exactly what they want to find.”

    Now, about these VM drawings which clearly portray chicken entrails … 😉

  4. @Nick : Have you had time to review my comments on the last ten items of B-408 ? They are pharmaceutical jars . Their contents consist of the roots of previously illustrated botanical items. The writing which appears on the jars is Nahuatl. Some of the instructions appear on the top of a jar (and are seldom read). Get out whatever ‘read’ facility you use. Especially helpful is the ‘magnification’ facility, which works to enlarge the illustrations, as well as the accompanying script.
    bd

  5. Josef Zlatoděj Prof. on September 21, 2017 at 6:33 pm said:

    Nick and ants.
    The only real handwriting expert is me. I can write this to you. Boyfriend Richard Santa Coloma, published on facebook, a phote of paper. Where is Newbold written message.

    As I discovered with my very experienced eye. So colleague Newbold has discovered one important thing about the code MS -408. This report is intended only for highly experienced professionals. Those who can understand it too.

    Every ant and scientist would have the paper, of course, to see the news.
    Coloma writes that it’s a stenography.

    I’m writing, it’s part of the manual . ( key ).

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