Voynich Manuscript

I have been looking at the Voynich Manuscript, a book which has been carbon dated, to between 1404 and 1438, after being obtained in 1912 by Wilfred Voynich. It may have been made in Northern Italy, which would suggest it being made during the Italian Renaissance.

Some people over the years have suggested the manuscript is a hoax. The Austrian researcher Andreas Schinner wrote, 

“(the) properties of the manuscript’s text were more consistent with meaningless gibberish.” 

This quotation has been used to back the belief that the manuscript is a hoax.

The document could have been made to mislead people or the makers could have created the work as a piece of fiction without the intent to mislead, but instead entertain. I think it was thought of as fantasy at the time that it was made.

The manuscript could relate to maternity and health care. There are many theorists who believe this, although they have different ideas of what exactly the purpose of the manuscript was, from those who believe it was created by women as a midwifery manual to others who believe it was created by a charlatan who wanted to trick his audience into believing he was a healer from Baghdad.

The book is illustrated, with detailed images:

“The only things that can be properly interpreted in… the Voynich Manuscript are the sloppy, but expressive, illustrations that decorate almost every page.” 

These illustrations include images of strange plants, objects and naked women going down what look like test tubes. 

The writing is very confusing because it is no known language.

I think the manuscript is creative and has riddled people for years leading to new ideas of breaking codes of writing.  

I have looked at the work of Marcus Gunnar Pettersson, a Swedish graphic designer who has made a board game based on the Voynich Manuscript for his degree show. He says about his work, 

“The elements have become the pieces, the playing board and the strategies: elements that construct a game of achieving eternal life.” 

It is difficult to understand what is meant here. Something has probably been lost in translation, ironically. I think he is trying to make a game where players try to achieve the same goal as he believes that the makers were trying to achieve, that of having eternal life.

The board game is colourful and follows a lot of the same basic colours as in Voynich manuscript. The piece is also based on some of the illustrations. I think this board game gives me an idea of how you can develop a concept from earlier works. It also shows me how illustrations from a book can be developed into a board game.

a scene i like in the movie was when corey ran to the tunnel and found jonah sitting with his head down, and the moment he pulled out his lighter, jonah told him to put it out. and, like, that interaction might go over your head at first, because if you don’t understand what’s happening or you didn’t watch the trailer or something, but it’s genuinely? really neat, and like the rest of the movie, is simply filmed but has more depth to it than some would give it credit for.

to explain why this is an interesting little bit, first and foremost, the quote used in the trailer is (smth along) “this halloween, not everyone will survive the dark”. throughout the film, there’s this dormant sort of darkness that follows corey and jonah around, and it’s seen multiple times in the form of dark shadows devouring walls and such, or as indistinguishable figures. i’m sure you can infer what this darkness represents, since it’s a pretty straightforward concept —— it’s negativity, it’s bad, it’s death. secondly, the tunnel where the scene takes place is the very first place where actual death, or the man in the white suit in the movie, manifests, and it’s also in the area where jonah died earlier that afternoon. both are self explanatory, and add a sort of importance to the tunnel as a place. it makes it a place of danger, of endings.

so when jonah is sitting in the tunnel, alone, in the dark, and the first words he tells corey are to put out his lighter, it’s basically…him giving up. to fight off the darkness, he needs light; he needs the fire from the lighter, to stay alive (in a sense), to stay safe (again, in a sense). he’s not necessarily welcoming death, but he’s sort of letting it just. chip away at him, you know? like, he doesn’t want to leave, he doesn’t want to get up and walk away and spend the rest of the night having fun with his friend. jonah wants to sit there, in the dark, right in the place where death itself arrived to reap his soul. like, you can’t convince me that’s not symbolism for giving up. it’s not acceptance at all, because he’s not really accepting anything —— he just doesn’t care in the moment, and knows it has to happen sooner or later. he’s not really fighting, but he’s not gladly welcoming what comes with open arms. it’s just. happening.

and i mean, you don’t really need all this stuff to guess that, it’s kinda obvious, but there’s cool little things thrown in that i love ?????


This is the most beautiful manuscript I’ve ever seen in my entire life honestly

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Three of the most important issues to consider when writing a scientific manuscript are organization, clarity, and consistency;

Organization - The first step in the writing process should always be to prepare an outline of your manuscript. Ideas should be organized in such a way that when you begin to write, each one can be connected in a coherent manner. The order in which your findings are introduced in the manuscript does not necessarily have to coincide with the order in which they were discovered. Keep the flow logical.

Clarity - It is crucial that your ideas are written in a way that is easy for others to understand. Avoid long, complicated sentences and try to be as concise as possible.  

Consistency - A manuscript generally contains so much information and important detail that it is quite common for a scientist to lose track of the bigger picture. When writing a manuscript, it is important to take a step back and ask yourself if everything is consistent as a whole. For instance, do the results truly address your scientific hypothesis? Is the title an accurate representation of your findings?

Writing the thesis acknowledgments...

Je remercie aussi toute une bande qui ne lira jamais cette thèse mais qui m’ont soutenu d’aussi loin qu’on puisse imaginer, pour leurs gentils petits mots et pour m’avoir permis de me changer les idées.

“I also thank a group of people who will never read this thesis but who have supported me from as far as one can imagine, for their kind words and allowing me to think about something else.” 

You’re in it, dudes. Not tagging but you know who you are. Thanks for the neverending support, talks and fun, friends :) 

(yes it’s poor, imagine what I’m totally unable to write for Benj) (haha kill me) 


Terence McKenna - The Voynich Manuscript (Lecture)

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