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Monday, May 01, 2006

Notes And Ideas From Week 5 Readings

Labyrinths
Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius


"Tlon is surely a labyrinth, but it is a labyrinth devised by men, a labyrinth destined to be deciphered by men".

*This is a story on how a society decided to invent a country. It is a very strange story. Borges became interested because he found an insert on the country in an encyclopedia. He could find no info or sign of existence of this country anywhere else. By chance of fate he receives a copy of the first encyclopedia of Tlon. He goes on to work out this country is invented. The inventors however decided a country was not enough and turned it into a planet. They wrote a methodical encclopedia of the imaginary planet. They began to infiltrate the world with artefacts from Tlon.
*The ideas and development of the planet seem to come from scientific and mathematical practices.

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