Started by poseidonlost, Aug 10, 2018, 01:10:24 PM
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QuoteA meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture—often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices, that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.
Quote"As Claude Frollo had from his youth travelled through almost the entire circle of human knowledge, positive, external, and lawful, he was forced, unless he could make up his mind to stop where he was, to seek further food for the insatiable cravings of his understanding. The antique symbol of the serpent biting its tail is peculiarly appropriate to science; and it appears that Claude Frollo knew this from experience. Several grave persons affirmed that after exhausting the fas (lawful) of human knowledge he had dared to penetrate into the nefas. (unlawful) ... He had then dug farther and deeper, beneath all that finite, material, limited science; he had perhaps risked his soul, and had seated himself in the cavern at that mysterious table of the alchemists and astrologers, one end of which is occupied in the Middle Ages by Averroes, Guillaume de Paris, and Nicolas Flamel, while the other, lighted by the chandelier with seven branches, runs on to Solomon, Pythagoras, and Zoroaster. So at least, it was conjectured, either rightly or wrongly."It is certain, moreover, that the Archdeacon was smitten with a strange passion for the emblematic porch of Notre-Dame, that page of conjuration written in stone by Bishop Guillaume of Paris, who has no doubt been damned for having prefixed so infernal a frontispiece to the sacred poem everlastingly chanted by the rest of the edifice. It was also believed that the Archdeacon had discovered the hidden meaning of the colossal St Christopher, and of the other tall enigmatical statue which then stood at the entrance of the Parvis, and which the people called in derision Monsieur Legris. But a circumstance which everybody might have remarked was his sitting hours without number on the parapet of the Parvis, contemplating the sculptures of the porch, sometimes examining the foolish virgins with their lamps reversed, sometimes the wise virgins with their lamps upright; at others calculating the angle of vision of the raven on the left-handed side of the porch, looking at some mysterious spot in the church, where the philosophers' stone is certainly concealed, if it is not in Nicolas Flamel's cellar."
Quote"He was also engaged in a commentary upon the admired work of Baudry - le -Rouge, Bishop of Noyon and Tournay, De Cupa Petaraum (The Stone Cup), which had superseded in his heart the passion for hermetics; the one indeed was but natural corollary to the other, since there is an intimate connexion between hermetics and masonry. Gringoire had passed from the love of an idea to the love of the form of an idea."