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September 3, 2018

I Can … Not … Wait!

Filed under: History,Science,Technology — Steve Ruis @ 9:25 am
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I group of enterprising literary researchers decided to apply some modern tech to old problems. The tools exist now to map networks of things, Internet memes, people, you name it. Networks of people and their relationships show some quite common characteristics which can be used to identify them as networks of real people. The researchers decided to apply such a study to The Odyssey. So they mapped out all of the characters and all of their relationships and, well, I’ll let them speak for themselves:

“We found substantial evidence of a ‘real-life’ social structure in The Odyssey. Notably, the characters in each chapter or scene described in the poem’s 24 books corresponded almost precisely to cliques in real-life networks. It led us to wonder: did Homer have a profound understanding of networks, or did he copy key details about his characters and their interactions from elsewhere?

“To examine this more closely, we reran the analysis, this time excluding mythological characters like gods and monsters. The remaining network was even more similar to what you would expect in real life. On the other hand, we ran an analysis that excluded the human characters and kept the mythological ones, and were left with an entirely fictional network. The obvious conclusion is that The Odyssey is an amalgam of real and fictional characters.”

They then went on to say “It is surely only a matter of time, for instance, before someone uses complex networks theory on the Bible.”

Oooh, I cannot wait!

Imagine being able to tell what is hypothetically true and what is assuredly fictional!


  1. That would something. But, excuses will be waiting in the wings Steve. A human program cannot accurately analyze the things of God. But, I suppose you already knew that one.

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    Comment by jim- — September 3, 2018 @ 10:37 am | Reply

  2. Is this parody?


    Comment by john zande — September 3, 2018 @ 10:48 am | Reply

  3. I’d like to see this applied to th holly buy-bull. I am certain it is nearly total fictional, but then, you need to remember, I’m an old heathen/pagan/atheist.


    Comment by Walter Kronkat — September 3, 2018 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

    • The story of David was written by someone alive at the time of David. That is the first home story written by someone alive at the time. That goes to the basic outlines. How much was added that was not true is a question for the program. Like how tall Goliath was. Seven feet rolls be about the maximum. Might appear to be a giant amount people whose average heath was close to five feet.


      Comment by Old Guy — September 3, 2018 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

      • The description of Goliath’s armor matched that of Greek hoplites from centuries later that claimed for the story. There are all kinds of strangenesses in the Bible.

        On Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 5:19 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



        Comment by Steve Ruis — September 3, 2018 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

        • I have wondered why David picked up more than one stone.


          Comment by Old Guy — September 3, 2018 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

        • Scorers and monks recopying over the last 2,000 years made a lot of changes to make it more interesting, more in compliance with their own personal or prevailing viewpoints or simply made errors in copying.


          Comment by Old Guy — September 3, 2018 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

  4. Oh, forgot to add that I agree with jim. Just as those who read The Sensuous Curmudgeon see with ID or old hambo, they have ready made replies to everything. Yep….doG did it.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — September 3, 2018 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

  5. How do you know complex network theory is trustworthy?


    Comment by John Branyan — September 4, 2018 @ 7:07 am | Reply

    • I am sure that if applied to the Bible, there will be hordes of people studying its trustworthiness and we we all know then.

      On Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 7:07 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 4, 2018 @ 7:38 am | Reply

      • Hordes of people have been studying the Bible for centuries. I appreciate your enthusiasm for this new process. Perhaps it will bring an end to Christian faith and usher in a brave new world.


        Comment by John Branyan — September 4, 2018 @ 9:11 am | Reply

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