#11 – The Purloined Letter

Notes on Poe’s short story.

    • Right over left hemispheric function. Dupin highlights the ‘closed system’ nature of mathematical axioms.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “Nothing is more hateful to wisdom than excessive cleverness.”

     

    • When republished in The Gift in 1845, the editor called it “one of the aptest illustrations which could well be conceived of that curious play of two minds in one person.”

     

    • Great illustration of the L<R relationship [symbol here denotes a zoom-in/zoom-out relationship, not lesser-than] – the insufficiency of fastidious analysis in the face of synthetic, gestalt perception; which simplifies instead of complexifies.

     

    • “It is safe to wager that every public idea and every accepted convention is sheer foolishness, because it has suited the majority,” – Nicolas Chamfort.
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