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Simulacra, Simulation and How I Almost Lost It !!

I remember reading this book sometime back, called Simulacra & Simulation by Jean Baudrillard. Well, I have read lot of books but this was/is/will be the most difficult book to read. Its more of a philosophical treatise than a book.I mean it was so tough that math looked easy in front of this one.  Imagine a book which starts like this….

The simulacrum is never what hides the truth – it is truth that hides the fact
that there is none. The simulacrum is true.

If once we were able to view the Borges fable in which the cartographers of the
Empire draw up a map so detailed that it ends up covering the territory exactly
(the decline of the Empire witnesses the fraying of this map, little by little,
and its fall into ruins, though some shreds are still discernible in the deserts
– the metaphysical beauty of this ruined abstraction testifying to a pride equal
to the Empire and rotting like a carcass, returning to the substance of the
soil, a bit as the double ends by being confused with the real through aging) –
as the most beautiful allegory of simulation, this fable has now come full
circle for us, and possesses nothing but the discrete charm of second-order

Whoa ! This is just the first para and there are 154 pages !! So here is a question, any book/novel/article/math solution you guys could think of which made you swear at the author ? Any book which made you go so mad that you hit the person right next to you after reading the book ?


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