Uneasy Lies the Head that Bears the Corona

“ All information that comes in, if it is fresh, is wrong: if it is stale, it is possibly accurate but also useless.”

—Hilary Mantel, from The Mirror and the Light,  in reference to the Pilgrimage of Grace uprising , England 1536

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  1. Hypatia:

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    Sounds like a quote from an English major.

    Well, I’m not, as you know. BA in Anthropology.

    Do you have a BA in Anthropology? I know you are a lawyer.

    I was commenting on the OP.  What is the context? I have never read about “fresh” and “stale” information.

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  2. 10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    10 Cents:
    Sounds like a quote from an English major.

    Well, I’m not, as you know. BA in Anthropology.

    Do you have a BA in Anthropology? I know you are a lawyer.

    Yes I do.  Bryn Mawr College.  And JD Villanova.

    I was commenting on the OP.  What is the context? I have never read about “fresh” and “stale” information.

    Really?  See, “fresh” in this context, means it just came out, it’s a new assertion.   And “stale”,  that it happened some time ago.  Although in the  summer of 1536, as now, events were moving so fast that “stale” could mean like, last week.
    And the historical context? I said: Pilgrimage of  Grace, Henry VIII’s reign, 1536.
    Hey, y’know what? Never you mind. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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  3. Hypatia:

    10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    10 Cents:
    Sounds like a quote from an English major.

    Well, I’m not, as you know. BA in Anthropology.

    Do you have a BA in Anthropology? I know you are a lawyer.

    Yes I do.  College.  And JD

    I was commenting on the OP.  What is the context? I have never read about “fresh” and “stale” information.

    Really?  See, “fresh” in this context, means it just came out, it’s a new assertion.   And “stale”,  that it happened some time ago.  Although in the  summer of 1536, as now, events were moving so fast that “stale” could mean like, last week.
    And the historical context? I said: Pilgrimage of  Grace, Henry VIII’s reign, 1536.
    Hey, y’know what? Never you mind. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

    I should have been more specific. I was wondering if “fresh” and “stale” has a less obvious definitions in the context of that  historical period which I had already looked up.

     

    It is very common in modern language to say recent and old data. Data is usually good or bad. I am guessing the two words are used as the first news accounts are untrustworthy and the old ones come to late for one to do anything about it.

     

    It makes me chuckle to major in Anthropology at a woman’s college. (Greek joke) Or thinking in another way it makes perfect sense.

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  4. Yuh.  I’m sure my professors, Dr.Jane Goodale  and Dr. Fredericka DeLaguna, both preeminent scholars in their field, woulda “chuckled” right along with you.

    Care to explain the joke?

    Nah,  don’t bother.  Please.

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  5. Hypatia:
    Yuh.  I’m sure my professors, Dr.Jane Goodale  and Dr. Fredericka DeLaguna, both preeminent scholars in their field, woulda “chuckled” right along with you.

    Care to explain the joke?

    Nah,  don’t bother.  Please.

    ἄνθρωπος , ου m man,

    Athropos means “man” and “logos” means “word/study” in Ancient Greek so it seemed ironic. I suppose now it is considered only as a generic term for humanity.
    “[Athropos] shall not live by bread alone.”

     

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  6. 10 Cents:

    Hypatia:
    Yuh.  I’m sure my professors, Dr.Jane Goodale  and Dr. Fredericka DeLaguna, both preeminent scholars in their field, woulda “chuckled” right along with you.

    Care to explain the joke?

    Nah,  don’t bother.  Please.

    ἄνθρωπος , ου m man,

    Athropos means “man” and “logos” means “word/study” in Ancient Greek so it seemed ironic. I suppose now it is considered only as a generic term for humanity.
    “[Athropos] shall not live by bread alone.”

    Duh.

     

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  7. “ All information that comes in, if it is fresh, is wrong: if it is stale, it is possibly accurate but also useless.”

    —Hilary Mantel, from The Mirror and the Light,  in reference to the Pilgrimage of Grace uprising , England 1536

    From whence the old doctor joke describing the different specialties;

    “And lastly there is the pathologist, who knows everything but is of no use to the patient.”

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  8. Hyp, the first comment had to do with the writer, Hilary Mantel, not you and your education. I am not understanding why this conversation went this way. I enjoyed the quote and found the phrasing interesting. I wish you well.

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