We’re Jo Hyde and Gordon Rugg. We’ve had improbable lives. Our work at various times has included mysterious manuscripts, forensics, cold cases, and inventing radical new software, plus making replica Bronze Age swords. Between us, we’ve done archaeology, modelling, retail, schoolteaching and working in a timberyard, among other things. This blog is about interesting ideas we’ve encountered along the way.
Our banner image refers to four main areas of our work, which will be recurrent themes in this blog.
“Blind Spot” is about our main body of research. It brings together ways of getting accurate, reliable information out of people, and then choosing the best way to represent that information. It integrates that with ways of checking for errors in human reasoning, and with ways of selecting the best methods for getting information into people via teaching, training and learning. It includes the story of Gordon’s work on the Voynich Manuscript. We’ll be featuring articles which explore in more detail some of the ideas featured in the book.
We’ve been working on ways of systematically mapping different types of information onto visual representations, to help clarify complex concepts. We’re working with colleagues in various fields, including astrobiology, medicine and forensics.
We’re members of the team that developed the Search Visualizer, a new type of interface for online search. It lets you do things that you can’t do with other search software, and it’s already produced interesting new findings about Shakespeare’s writing, the structure of Genesis in the Old Testament, and the plot devices of Jane Austen and Arthur Conan Doyle.
It’s available, free, online at: http://www.searchvisualizer.com
The Search Visualizer blog is at: http://searchvisualizer.wordpress.com/
We’ve worked on four actual or possible codes: the Voynich Manuscript, the D’Agpeyeff Cipher, the Ricardus Manuscript and the Penitentia Manuscript.