Sunday, February 14, 2016

Zebrapedia: Collaborative Analysis of Philip K. Dick's Exegesis

Penn State has launched a collaborative scholarship site dedicated to Philip K. Dick's Exigesis.  Over eight thousand pages, this massive, mostly hand written text remains largely unexplored. Using collaborative scholarship and 21st century networking tools, the project explores this mammoth digital text with the techniques of Swarm Scholarship and digital analysis...

That is my condensed version of the project description.
Had he lived, I suspect PKD would have revised his exegesis considerably. In back-channel discussion of the Penn State project, Tessa B. Dick observes, "Think of the Exegesis as research notes, highly repetitive and speculative."

There are things in novels like A Maze of Death and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch that represent threads of understanding which would have possibly reasserted themselves as PKD worked through (and out of) his Gnostic investigations. Such is my speculation.

If you are curious, please click HERE to explore the project.

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