Borges' "Library of Babel" reading

September 4, 2011

Borges' "The Library of Babel" has inspired generations of writers.  And now, many scientists regard his library of never-ending books as a metaphor for the new scientific view of reality, including theories about parallel universes.  Here, we read several excerpts from the story.


I'm surprised a scholar would have given up the depth of print news in the first place, but glad there's a trend to appreciate it, now that it's nearly obsolete. The value of twitter and web access points like the Daily Beast Cheat Sheet is the links to full news articles. What was overlooked in this show is that most Internet users don't seek information but confirmation of their views. This makes the selectivity of search engines polarizing.