[lit-ideas] Rapture

  • From: Donal McEvoy <donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 07:32:06 +0100 (BST)

It did seem too good to be true. When the end of the world failed to 
materialise as predicted the prophet disappeared and his Camper followers 
seemed to accept that empirical facts had falsified the theory. They need not - 
as a falsification can always be evaded. Yet here they were, apparently being 
rational in the face of falsification. The prophet Camper has come to the 
rescue. The theory is not false and events have not falsified it: rather a 
mistake in calculation led to the wrong date being predicted, which of course 
is not a flaw in the theory but human error. So now we have to wait to October.


Camper btw has the slightly creepy, sanctimonious appearance (I've only seen a 
few photos, but, if I'm wrong about this, think of it as merely a 
miscalculation from the theory and not a flaw in the theory itself) and marked 
physical resemblance to one of my Oxford tutors, on which ground alone sensible 
people like myself could tell he is not really to be trusted.

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