More Contestants for the Theory of the Month

Professor George C Hall has aubmitted his ideas about the VM:

Many of the “jars” or “tubes” illustrated are actually a form of Prayer Wheel, or “viewer”, operating on the same principles as the 1834 invention commonly known as the “Zoetrope”.

I have studied the Zoetrope, created experimental versions, and manufactured them for twenty years. Some colleagues and I even produced one for the Dali Lama, after my studies of the Tibetan Prayer Wheel, and how sequential images can be used to distract the conscious mind, so a message can reach the sub-conscious.

The conventional Zoetrope is uses strips of images wrapped around the inside of a slotted drum, much like the Prayer Wheel or a horizontal movie film. My latest version, however, is concerned with the circular floors, or Mandalas, that create a 3-D effect, based on the Roget Palisade Illusion.

The Voynich “rosettes” are actually Mandalas that are intended to be spun in a viewer similar to mine. In that way, they come to life, and the messages they contain can be received in a meditative state.

Personal assessment: Well… either we assume that the VM is a late-19th century hoax, or the middle ages already knew about zoetropes.

But the real question is: Can you make the rosettes actually behave like a mandala? If not, it’s really only a quaint, but hard to substantiate idea…


3 thoughts on “More Contestants for the Theory of the Month

  1. Someone has spun a VMs mandala. Was it in one of the documentaries? The barrel dance on one page is another suspect. The idea might have come from an old version of a penny arcade peepshow. An explanation of why it doesn’t work well could be the faulty layout of images on the page.

    We have to judge when things were invented by publications that survive and doubtful claims of originality. Unless technology and materials prohibited inventions, we could be very wrong. A quick look at Wikipedia finds:
    -180 AD: zoetrope invented by Ting Huan
    -Circa 3000 BCE: Zoopraxiscope-style “animated” pottery
    -An Egyptian mural, found in the tomb of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, at the Beni Hassan cemetery includes a sequence of images in temporal succession. The paintings are approximately 4000 years old.

    How old and varied are cylindrical items? They can be modified in any way that strikes the imagination of an artist. Some fantastic renditions are certain to look like something they are not. The problem is that we can’t be sure they are not what they look like or even what someone thinks they look like.

    If we knew the frequency of the super-strobe characteristic of reality we wouldn’t make so many errors. Never miss a chance to annoy physicists. They spend too much money.

  2. Knox: I think that you are correct… it was in a documentary, and if I’m not mistaken, in the 2010 ORF (which also became the NatGeo documentary) work. I don’t think they elaborated on the reason they used the dancing women… they just showed it as an animation at one point. Perhaps they meant it in the way Mr. Hall does, I don’t know.,

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