Essential Introduction - Disciplined codes
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Disciplined Codes


There are trillions of trillions of ELS clusters that can be extracted from any text the size of the Torah. That is why, if we do not confine ourselves to disciplined codes, it is trivial to find haphazard ELS meetings which appear to be meaningful, in any text. We must therefore find ways to limit our attention in very precise ways. We must be so precise that we reduce the possibilities from the uncountable to a small number - even as small as one or two in the best cases.

How? In four ways:

(1) Vocabulary

First and foremost, we must use key words from a limited vocabulary. Limiting the vocabulary can be done by choosing key words in any of the following ways:

  • From a widely circulated news source (for example, we have used the most popular Hebrew news sources in Israel: Maariv, Yedidot and Haaretz).
  • From Torah-related sources. The long phrase about Roman Emperor Titus is an example.
  • From previous codes themselves. If these previous codes are themselves highly disciplined, this is a very confining and therefore very strong method.
  • From Torah verses themselves.
  • From general knowledge, but only in the most obvious situations. For example, if we are studying a code about Adam, we can investigate nearby occurrences of Eve without citing a source to justify this decision.

(2) Area of the text

A disciplined code can optionally be limited to a specific area of the text, as we will see in some examples.

(3) Arrangement

We can focus our attention on specific arrangements of ELSs - those limited to simple patterns. We are increasingly running experiments that accept only horizontal and vertical patterns such as those in the diagram below. By so limiting our focus we more sharply demonstrate the phenomenon.

(4) Relevance

It is not quite enough to limit based on the above criteria. To really have "all of our ducks in a row",

we need to demonstrate that the world's most broadly relevant topics are encoded. That is, to show that there is really an impressive success rate, we have to be able to find disciplined codes in a large number of high-impact areas. If we have disciplined codes only for marginal topics, it would imply that the amount of apparent encoding is too sparse to be a real phenomenon.

Therefore, we focus on codes about codes; codes about creation of the world; creation of light; creation of humanity; major topics of Judaism from the Torah such as the Patriarchs - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the Jewish Temple, about which the Torah indicates that G-d chose it as the place in which He would dwell; the destruction of the Temple and its rebuilding; major events of our era such as the Twin Towers attack; the Messiah; and G-d as a recurring theme in many of these codes.

Long phrases or sentences

A code that consists of a single long string of letters, forming a phrase or sentence, must also be carefully evaluated. Only if such a code withstands very exacting testing procedures can it be demonstrated to be significant. On this site, such codes are typically reviewed by a group of ten or more Hebrew speakers. The code's significance depends on to what extent it outranks control phrases that are mixed in to the review for comparison.

Other texts

When we evaluate codes using these criteria, we find that they abound in the Torah text, and have never come close to passing these tests in the thousands of monkey texts that we analyze.