Mr. Thursday’s Curious Mechanism is an exploration of information.
In the early 20th Century G.K. Chesterton wrote and published The Man Who Was Thursday. This book tells the story of Gabriel Syme, a man sent by the London police to infiltrate the anarchist movement in England. He ascends to the high council of anarchists, all of whom are named by days of the week. Syme becomes “Thursday”.
Eventually, Thursday learns that five of his six co-anarchists are, in fact, also undercover policemen. Realizing Sunday, the leader of the anarchists, has duped them, they team together to defeat him. Syme realizes that he wants to destroy Sunday only because he fears Sunday.
Now, a century later, Mr. Thursday holds to a number of axioms. Firstly, we believe H.P. Lovecraft was at least partly correct in his assertion, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” We’re less than enthusiastic that fear is our oldest emotion, but we’d definitely agree that fear of the unknown is the oldest and strongest fear. In fact, we’d go so far as to say it may be the only fear.
Marie Curie tells us, “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” And so Mr. Thursday shall try to understand everything, and relate some of that here. He makes no guarantees about his progress, but hopes you will find a page filled with diverse perspective and information, and an unusual mindset about learning–that is, no matter how much there is to be learned, Mr. Thursday can learn it all eventually.