Computerized Humanists

“There are certain phenomena that gain comprehensibility by being weighed and measured and others that do not. I do not need statistical word analysis to show me that former President Ford cannot be the author of King Lear; the number of belly laughs per week the merry slave had on a plantation does not interest me; nor do I required a personality profile with ‘in depth analysis’ of Cleopatra ofR Jan Hus. The incredible twaddle let loose by all these computerized humanists is probably not worse than that of scientists; but since the former have only begun to develop a coterie jargon or an animal language of their own, they are still forced to use more or less intelligible words, and these give them away.” Chargaff, Heraclitean Fire


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