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Originality

As is the case with so many academic areas of research, "medieval technology" is not a category which everyone recognizes. As a consequence, well-intentioned wits regularly respond to my assertion that this is what I study with, "Oh, isn't that a contradiction in terms?" or something like that. I recognize that they mean well, that they all came up with this clever little line on their own, and each of them really is original, even if many other people have already been original in exactly this way before them. This all goes to show just how ambiguous the concept of originality is - I'm sure there are many people working on that concept for their academic research as well.

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hilly02
May. 13th, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC)
you mean... like catapults and stuff?
owlfish
May. 14th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I study stuff!
larkvi
May. 14th, 2004 10:36 am (UTC)
No, no--she obviously means the plate armor and stirrups that all of King Arthur's knights used. ;)


chickenfeet2003
May. 14th, 2004 11:10 am (UTC)
And thumbscrews and chastity belts; can't forget those.
larkvi
May. 14th, 2004 12:26 pm (UTC)
I never leave the house without both!
owlfish
May. 14th, 2004 12:26 pm (UTC)
Good King Arthur sat on a horse,
Mordred came up, and he killed him, of course.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
couldn't put Arthur together again.
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