Infomancy

October 2, 2007

Infomancy: It’s me trying to make sense of stuff.

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Once there were fewer facts and fewer theories, but finding a course of action or a meaning in life and death were never far from the human mind.

Casting entrails or bones or runes to capture by force or favour the meaning of the moment was natural, even obvious. Likewise, as the moon moves the sea and the stars move the seasons, how could they not reveal to the respectful eye the fate or fortune of an empire or a child. And then the refined and seemingly infinite book of picture cards might draw for each their own and different story.

Now there are newer facts and newer theories, but finding a course of action or a meaning in life and death are still never far from the human mind.

But, ceaselessly seeking patterns we find them now harder to perceive. The invisibly small has significance, and the large is visibly insignificant; time’s rhythmic march trips into syncopated step; and even nothing isn’t what it was.

So, what is Infomancy?

It’s where I attempt to divine with information what might be; it’s where I attempt to practice the dark art of knowing clearly; it’s a version of my reality.

(Dictionary definitions can wait.)

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Actually, I’ll go back to what I first said.

Infomancy: It’s me trying to make sense of stuff.

(Anything I like.)

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