The Mind Factory ~ The Ability to Cipher Information is the Secret to the Lexicon
Book review and technical detail The Mind Factory ~ The Ability to Cipher Information is the Secret to the Lexicon Larry Odell Johnson
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|Title||The Mind Factory ~ The Ability to Cipher Information is the Secret to the Lexicon|
|author||Larry Odell Johnson|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
An interpretation of various works using anagrams and other cryptographic methods.Johnson’s (I Am a Key, 2005) latest book is an extensively detailed look at philosopher Immanuel Kant’s 1787 masterpiece Critique of Pure Reason and the Bible, among other works, using scrambled words, ciphers, and other techniques of cryptography to uncover hidden meanings and messages. Johnson maintains that one’s ability to “grow a key” to these and other works comes from the Holy Spirit and says up front that “as the writer of this book, I believe in the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.” But his results are not explicitly religious and have much more to do with exploring concepts of “achieving self-knowledge” in works like Kant’s and enabling readers “to develop a natural appreciation for the value of the latent content of literary forms, over and above their manifest contents.” Overall, his book is engagingly written, but his efforts to descend “out of the clouds of conventional wisdom” meet with the same problem that so much cipherology encounters: when someone derives hidden meanings from texts where no intentional ciphers were originally used, it quickly starts to appear that the anagram solver is simply making things up. For example, when the author finds hidden messages in Albert Einstein’s famous relativity equation or the very title of Critique of Pure Reason, readers may wonder about the point of the whole exercise. Readers obsessed with the mind-bending tactics of cryptography, however, will be fascinated by the work that Johnson’s done here. As he puts it, “this work by its very nature is a unique learning experience.”An exhaustive but frequently impenetrable exercise in teasing hidden meanings out of the works of Kant, Freud, and others.
The author has written a book combining elements of sociology, religion, philosophy, and mathematics, in a demonstration of how the sedisciplines are connected through the lexicon of language. His purpose has been to present in everyday terms an exposition for understanding specific aspects of some of the most insulated areas of formal knowledge. The author's theoretical approach is deliberately atypical. This self-labeled "scrambled eggs "approach argues the author is done for the purpose of bringing deeply hidden meanings immediately to the surface, in deference to the most efficient use of the reader's valuable time. The author believes learners should not be obligated to spend years puzzling through abstruse language in an effort to gain insight into important information, especially when the information can be brought within the range of their understanding within a matter of hours. He does not compare his book with others ostensibly of the same type but, rather, he says that while his book is not unique it is unusual. That is, his book will give its diligent and discerning reader insight and perspectives that will enable him/her to understand the most esoteric contents of almost any other book they will ever read.
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