Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Miskimin's Codex

“It’s more like an evil spirit consciousness that possesses its hosts with lust for absolute power and a manifestation of the primitive reptile brain - power can only be pure if it’s allowed to flow through us without being contaminated with any concept of selves. Therefore, the only true power is the power we have to be more than ourselves by denying any concept of ourselves and letting the power define us.”

- Señor Moosey, a Half-African Freedom Fighter of the Spanish Civil War, ca. 1936

I.

Miskimin’s Codex is either a book or a tree, or possibly equal parts book and tree. (Contrast with it having been either a scroll or a fern). In any case, we are fairly convinced it has many stimulating branches and that these branches are probably not unidirectional.

II.

Miskimin designed the codex (assuming the codex can be said to have been designed) to have two parallel coordinate planes connected in the third dimension at their origins by a z-axis with a slightly hyperbolic curve. If this is true, the x1-axis is labelled ‘metaphorical’ and the y1-axis is labelled ‘literal,’ while the x2-axis is labelled ‘concrete’ and the y2-axis is labelled ‘abstract.’ The z-axis can be labelled either ‘antipodal’ or ‘abstruse.’

III.

Scientists have conclusively proven that Miskimin’s Codex originated in the evolutionary transition between asexual and sexual reproduction. However, this hasn’t stopped extradimensional Puritan travelers from the ethereal plane who have successfully reformed the codex away from ‘the appeal to prurient interests.’ Under this regime, reproduction is strictly regulated by the God-head.

IV.

An alliance of pansexual partisans and unsexed library lovers plan to create a new confluence of reproductive freedom for the latest branches of the codex characterized by literotica, book lust, and titillating marginalia. In this way, they will map our geographies of desire onto the future pathways.

V.

With our contemporary world view, it's easy to believe that the extradimensional Puritans were simply worried about the codex taking the place of religion and sex taking the place of God. But Miskimin’s codex is ultimately based on a probabilistic theory. That means it's loose. It's not deterministic. And that enables us to understand how sexual reproduction led to growth of the codex. However, there is a major problem with this framework. The smallest units of action according to this theory are some strange sexual-antipodal symbols, and their behavior is apparently a bit random. They swerve. Their behavior is abstruse in the sense that it’s highly inconsistent. It’s volatile. We can't understand it based on any precedent. They just do whatever they do capriciously, according to this probabilistic framework. The question we must ask is how will that help with reproductive freedom? Should reproductive freedom, and the heredity of all future book and tree branches, be just a matter of probabilities, just some random swerving in a relatively chaotic system? That starts to seem like it's worse than what the Puritans would build for us. I'd rather be a cog in a big deterministic God machine than just some random swerving.

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