Heterogeneity and Data Analysis: Heterogeneity #1, An assortment


Heterogeneity #1, An assortment.

In an essay on “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins,” Borges (1964) mentions a “doctor Franz Kuhn” referring “to a certain Chinese encyclopaedia entitled ‘Celestial Empire of benevolent Knowledge’. In its remote pages it is written that the animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies.”  (http://alamut.com/subj/artiface/language/johnWilkins.html.  Michel Foucault brought attention to this passage in Borges in the opening to his The Order of Things.)

(continuing a series of posts—see first post; see next post)


Borges, J. L. (1964). Other inquisitions, 1937-1952. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Foucault, M. (1971). The order of things: an archaeology of the human sciences. New York, Pantheon.


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