This is a short and marvelous essay about the value of abstractions (including scientific knowledge) by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. Though written in. Jorge Luis Borges’s combination of the anecdotal, philosophical and the literary showed Will Self how to achieve the ‘truly veridical’. He gets. Maps are a standard of adventure, fantasy, and science fiction. . Borges called the piece “Of Exactitude in Science,” and packaged it as a bit of.
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October 22, exachitude Kevin. In that Empire, the Art of Cartograhy attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province.
Will Self reads ‘On Exactitude in Science’ by Jorge Luis Borges
In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters.
The following are the first two paragraphs:. If once we were able to view the Borges fable in which the cartographers of the Empire draw up a map so detailed that it ends up covering the territory exactly the decline of the Empire witnesses the fraying of this map, little by little, and its fall into ruins, though some shreds are still discernible in the deserts — the metaphysical beauty of this ruined abstraction testifying to a pride equal to the Empire and rotting like a carcass, returning to the substance of the soil, a bit as the double ends by being confused with the real through aging — as the most beautiful allegory of simulation, this fable has now come full circle for us, and possesses nothing but the discrete charm of second-order simulacra.
Will Self reads ‘On Exactitude in Science’ by Jorge Luis Borges | Books | The Guardian
Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer sciende of a territory, a referential being, or a substance.
It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: The territory no longer precedes the map, nor does it survive it. It is nevertheless the map that precedes the territory — precession of simulacra — that engenders the territory, and if one must return to the fable, today it exactituee the territory whose shreds slowly rot across the extent of the map.
It is the real, and not the map, whose vestiges persist here and there in the deserts that are no longer those of the Empre, but ours. The desert of the real itself. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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