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Voynich manuscript is genuine

Posted on Saturday, 5 December, 2009 | Comment icon 10 comments

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The mysterious 246-page Voynich manuscript named after Wilfred Voynich who obtained it in 1912 has been dated to the 15th century and found to be genuine according to researchers at the University of Arizona.

"An mysterious unintelligible manuscript that has puzzled researchers for decades has been dated to the 15th century and found to be genuine, according to US studies that were presented Thursday by Austrian broadcaster ORF."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Clobhair-cean on 5 December, 2009, 12:30
Comment icon #2 Posted by Juanita Rose Violini on 5 December, 2009, 15:11
Excellent and Hilarious. The Voynich Manu truly is the Most Mysterious Manu in the World.
Comment icon #3 Posted by questionmark on 5 December, 2009, 15:34
Nobody doubts that the paper is "genuine" or the binding is "genuine" or that it was written in the 15th century. The doubts are whether it contains something substantial or is a creation by some member of the guild of quacks and then sold to make gold or the philosopher's stone.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Razer on 5 December, 2009, 22:08
If nobody doubted it than those people that tested it must feel pretty silly.
Comment icon #5 Posted by questionmark on 5 December, 2009, 22:50
Probably it will be up for sale again soon and they needed some "expertise".
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker on 7 December, 2009, 6:23
Spot On! It is from the time period, but it just doesn't say anything.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DrunkDwarf on 7 December, 2009, 11:57
Actually, there were historians who doubted when it was made, believing that it was much more modern. Thats what the study was in response to. Until the manucript is deciphered, nobody can really say what it contains, if anything. Its an interesting item for its unusual qualities alone.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Siara on 7 December, 2009, 14:29
Interesting. Aren't historians beginning to create a data base of vellum DNA? It seems like they could figure out where the vellum was originally made by doing a DNA analysis. ----------------------------------------------------------- In the thirteenth century Hildegard von Bingen painted pictures of her migraine hallucinations and defined them as visions (a fact that interests me since I hallucinate during migraines, too). I've always wondered if the Voynich manu was something like that... a manu in someone's intuitive, personal language.
Comment icon #9 Posted by questionmark on 7 December, 2009, 15:58
Since the McKenna tests (1991) I thought it was generally accepted that the manu was "real" in as far as the ink and the parchment goes. In the history of the book it is said that it was bought by Rudolf II, that plus the dating now makes the finger point even more to the guild of quacks. His majesty squandered a fortune trying to find the philosopher's stone.
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker on 8 December, 2009, 3:38
Wikipedia has been updates some since the last time this subject started floating around. I still tend to believe the Crytography experts and their computers that say there is no understandable patterns to the writing that would indicate language. Basically that it is gibberish disguised to look like language.

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