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Monday, April 12, 2021

Proof of a post-literate society

From Peter King's weekly football column:

Interesting contrast in your column [from the story about the British book heist that I posted last week] that the 1566 Latin edition of Copernicus’ world-changing theory was valued at $293,000. Meanwhile, the Tom Brady rookie card from 2000 was priced at $2.3 million.

Actually, I think this is a good sign. By the time the West hits rock bottom, the only value of the original Copernicus book in most people's eyes would be for kindling.

And this is why you should subscribe to Castalia Library while the printing presses still function.

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24 Comments:

Blogger Skyler the Weird April 12, 2021 7:47 AM  

Astronomy is racist unless it's Mayan or Muslim astronomy. Even Stonehenge is racist.

Blogger FALPhil April 12, 2021 7:54 AM  

I am inappropriately laughing because it hurts so much to recognize the truth. We really do have screwed up priorities.

Supply and demand is at work. There are more people with big money who want Tom Brady over Copernicus. But, anyone reading this blog would not be surprised at that.

Blogger Shimshon April 12, 2021 8:07 AM  

Well, Copernicus' book will have value to demonstrate that MPAI is not a new concept, but otherwise, it would make fine kindling, as that is its only use.

Blogger Unknown April 12, 2021 8:19 AM  

I found the worst book in the history of science fiction. 40 Acres and a Starship.

Heavily promoted by Amazon. A liberal US administration launches a Rainbow huge spaceship to prove diversity. Black astronauts take it as the reparations for slavery.

Lots of killing takes place, including the female android pilot for not being black.

It is fairly well written, and so far over the top crazy I suspect someone good decided to make a humorist effort, like Dr Tingle did for male/male alien science fiction.

So, anyway, buy paper copies of not just the classics, but of good 20th Century fiction. Because it is all going to be destroyed by the democrats and their gods chosen leaders

Blogger MDN April 12, 2021 8:23 AM  

Is Vox a geocentrist? Nice!

Blogger Doktor Jeep April 12, 2021 8:25 AM  

On the positive side, 2.3 million spent on a card is better than 2.3 million spent on political and SJW/leftocrat movements.

Most of the stuff on electronic storage will not be preserved. That's because most of the electronics will be crushed and immersed in acid by warlords so they can get the gold and stack their war chests and adorn their harems. But admittedly most of the stuff on digital is crap anyway. Every day I see people with dark circles under their eyes taking pictures of the sunset with their phones. But I never saw anybody actually look at a picture of the sunset.

Hopefully there will be a church, and they will have monks. And those monks will, like they did to the old parchment and rotting texts and wood carvings, save the useful information.
The monks that study social media will probably determine that normies and unfettered access to propaganda and p0rn just dont mix.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan April 12, 2021 8:26 AM  

Probably test that thesis out in Brooklyn Center today, book stores looted or just burned?

Blogger Unknown April 12, 2021 8:27 AM  

ain't Progress grand?

Blogger #7139 April 12, 2021 9:00 AM  

...the only value of the original Copernicus book in most people's eyes would be for kindling.

That is probably already true for 90% of the USA population.

Blogger [Redacted] April 12, 2021 9:10 AM  

I am waiting for my city library to spontaneously combust. The shear mass of the encyclopedias of witchcraft, homosexual populist histories, and political apologetics inevitably must collapse on itself as maintenance cost exceeds its insured value. I should have subscribed to Castalia sooner.

Blogger Shane Bradman April 12, 2021 9:30 AM  

As Rachel Fulton-Brown talks about, a lot of the history and culture of the Medieval period was lost because it was preserved on perishable and delicate materials. Better buy your worthless Tom Brady collectible cards now before they turn to dust. Meanwhile, I'll be sitting on a hoard of bound books with high quality paper that will outlive me, my grandsons, my grandsons' grandsons and my grandsons' grandsons' grandsons.

Blogger Steve Canyon April 12, 2021 10:48 AM  

Most of the libraries I've been to in large cities are little more than homeless shelters with public computers so the vagrants can go watch youtube. Not to mention that the shelves are populated with the latest pop culture dreck.

In some ways, you can't blame them. They say their shelf space is finite (they have plenty from what I've seen) and they get rid of books that haven't been checked out in a year or two. So you have borderline and outright Marxists pushing an agenda to people who don't read or are not terribly inclined to do more than drink, shoot the vein, and watch youtube videos.

And given the crap passing for "literature" in public school English classes, anyone who might have the slightest inclination to read will have it snuffed out by a copy of something an award-winning hack on par with Scalzi wrote.

Blogger flyingtiger April 12, 2021 11:07 AM  

#6) You are plagiarizing Canticle for Leberiz.

Blogger Canadian Warlord April 12, 2021 11:16 AM  

Sports memorabilia has got to be peaking, as interest in tv sports is clearly on the decline. Or maybe not - 2008 with the economy crash was a banner year for Lamborghini, I think it was a 30% sales boost over 2007.

We're going to need bigger goats.

Blogger wgmeisheid April 12, 2021 11:42 AM  

Maybe, if we are lucky, there will be a print shop like the one they ended the "Book of Eli" with, that attempts to save the books that matter. However, if I were be only able to save what I could carry my first two choices would be a top notch leather covered Bible and a hardcopy edition of "Knowing God" by J.I. Packer. with maybe a hardbound "Mere Christianity" by C.S.Lewis.

Blogger Valar Addemmis April 12, 2021 11:49 AM  

Shane Bradman wrote:As Rachel Fulton-Brown talks about, a lot of the history and culture of the Medieval period was lost because it was preserved on perishable and delicate materials.

I haven't watched Prof Fulton-Brown aside from one or two of her LOTR segments, but I was going to make a similar observation. A large part of the "loss" of Greek learning in the "Dark" Ages was because even during the Roman Empire, there was a loss of interest in Greek writers and literature stopped getting recopied (needed every so often because books age until unusable).

This article is an interesting datum on decline.

Blogger Barbarossa April 12, 2021 12:20 PM  

@10 Funny you should mention that. Just recently I was discussing this sort of silent censorship practiced by public libraries. My acquaintance derided the notion, so my response was "Let us go to the library's online catalog and have a look, shall we?" Now, it's a system that covers less than a dozen branches spread out over three rural counties, but there is one large central library.

So, here's a small selection:

Boethius - Consolations of Philosophy: 0
Apuleius - The Golden Ass: 0
Augustine - City of God: 0
Hesiod - Works & Days: 0
Juvenal - Satires: 0
Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War: 0
Lena Dunham - Not That Kind of Girl: 6
E.L. James - Fifty Shades of Gray: 6
Various biographies of Marilyn Monroe: 19

The public library is no longer a repository of our civilization's knowledge.

Blogger Warunicorn April 12, 2021 3:22 PM  

Speaking of post-literate, I heard that music notation---you know, G-clefs, quarter notes, accidentals like staccato, tempo markings like Largo, that kind of thing---is White supremacy, because European so it has to go.

I don't know what to say anymore. My stock reaction is to tell them to go immolate themselves.

Blogger Geir Balderson April 12, 2021 4:19 PM  

I am curious. What is the composition of the Castalia House material used in it's classic collections. Is the paper equipped to last a few hundred years? I have a small book of english poetry printed in 1514, and except for the wrinkled and stained cover, it is still in readable shape. I am not sure how it was stored as i picked it up at a used book sale and thought i would rescue it.

Blogger Merely a traveller April 12, 2021 4:28 PM  

The sign in the bathroom of my small Canadian city. Please do not wash your clothes in the sink. Please dispose of your needles here. Never took my son back.

Blogger Philipski April 12, 2021 10:56 PM  

The public library in my small Midwest liberal college town actually DID have a bathroom heroin overdose in one of its branches three/four fall-winters ago... I forget if the poor bastard actually died or not, by then I’d been thru enuff craziness just on normal days working there....

Blogger Valar Addemmis April 13, 2021 12:01 AM  

Merely a traveller wrote:The sign in the bathroom of my small Canadian city. Please do not wash your clothes in the sink. Please dispose of your needles here. Never took my son back.

Jealous. Public restrooms as you get further south in the US tend to have signs telling people to flush their soiled toilet paper rather than putting it in the trash or throwing it on the floor.

Blogger Meanoldbasterd April 13, 2021 11:11 AM  

Unknown: Where can you find this literary gem?

Blogger Enjcj April 16, 2021 10:37 AM  

I know. I was like Hold Up! Does that mean what I think it means? Robert Sungenis has done a movie and written a plethora of books on it. I'd love to see a write up about it from Vox or just his throughts rifting on the subject.

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