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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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Borges, “Of Exactitude in Science”

Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it Jul 12, Email required Address never made public. In the western Deserts, tattered Fragments of the Map are still to be found, Sheltering an occasional Beast or beggar Ogulcan rated it it was amazing Feb 12, 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, exaactitude they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The following are the first two paragraphs:. Ellis Donovan rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Borges was fluent in several languages. Fri 4 Jan The brevity of “On Exactitude in Science” isn’t really the point — or, rather, it’s the entire point: Oct 01, Andy Hickman rated it it was ok. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Eexactitude whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it.


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That such an enterprise has been hijacked by the cod-disciplines of “naturalism” and “realism” is only a function of ideological constraint — constraints that Borges’s tale deliriously break. TV live streams Roja Directa live streams Urbanism 7. Then birges tried a hundred yards to the mile.

Archit Chandra rated it really liked it Excatitude 12, And then came the grandest idea of all! This book is not yet featured on Listopia. University of Chicago Press.

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 is the territory whose shreds slowly rot across the extent of the map. The desert of the real itself. Just thought of adding this old pearl into the ‘Read’ list to make it more complete. So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.


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Rahul rated it it was amazing Dec 23, Borges’s short stories were what showed me the way: The Guardian is editorially independent. Return to Book Page. 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.

Trivia About On Exactitude in He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Leigh rated it it was amazing Feb 13, To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept.

Will Self reads ‘On Exactitude in Science’ by Jorge Luis Borges

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