[ by Charles Cameron — reality, appearance and virtuality ]
These two phrases, wars and rumors of wars and done and seen to be done have apparently been rattling around in my head for long enough that they finally dodged all the other stuff about Mahdis and Glass Bead Games and met.
Okay, I’d already thought of the first one in terms of “Cameron’s Function”:
f(x) = x + rumors of x (i)
because it seemed to “apply” to other things than war — the instance that gave me that insight was the run-up to the Year 2000, during which it became abundantly clear that rumors of bank runs were precisely what bank runs themselves were about — which in turn became my classic instance of the need for mapping that “crossed over” between the subjective and objective realms — or morale and materiel, as I called them in a recent post.
And so here comes “Cameron’s Function #2”:
f(x) = x + seen to be x (ii)
What I’m wondering now is whether the two of them are essentially the same “function” — any thoughts? They’re twins — but are they identical?