Thursday, April 06, 2006

shift: gnostics on the march

The New York Times is reporting today that having failed to find a buyer, a Zurich book dealer recently turned a 1,700-year old Coptic codex over to the Maecenas Foundation who, in partnership with the National Geographic Society and armed with a cool $1 million from Ted Waitt's (Gateway's ponytailed founder) foundation, translated it and published. . .

. . .the text of a Gnostic "gospel" attributed to Judas Iscariot.

(Links to a PDF translation and a nifty interactive "viewer" on National Geographic's Website)

The reason I bring this up is that I believe it is useful - and healthy - to question conventional wisdom. Especially if you belong to the school of thought that believes history is written by the victors - which translates into the software game as "this is how we do [blank] because it's the way we've always [blanked]" where blank equals sold, priced, positioned, built, updated, etc.

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