Is computing the new religion?

Eileen Ward Birch By Eileen Ward Birch, 31st May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I asked a librarian friend a question that has puzzled me for ages.

Is computing the new religion?

Every time I’ve needed a computing book, or even simply browsed in that area of the library I’ve pondered a deeper question.

Why is computing next to the occult and religion on the library shelves?

Is computing the new religion? It certainly is for some, but the reason for it was finally explained to me by a librarian friend.

Apparently it is all down to the Dewy Decimal system of cataloguing books.

Because computing is to do with arranging information and making is usable it comes in the part of the Dewy system that is after the decimal point. The occult and religion which covers all other religions and beliefs just happen to be the next subjects in numbering.

Makes for strange bedfellows, don’t you think?


Computing, Dewy Decimal, Librarian, Library, Occult, Religion

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author avatar Eileen Ward Birch
I write a lot of biography from my early years in the Black Country.
I also do a little poetry and short stories.
My portfolio includes various non fiction subjects, including reviews and travel.

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author avatar Songbird B
1st Jun 2013 (#)

LOL..I never knew that, so thanks for sharing and enlightening us too Eileen..\0/x

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author avatar Penny W-T
1st Jun 2013 (#)

As I've said before, we can learn something new every day!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th Jun 2013 (#)

Very astute...LOL, thanks Eileen...

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Jun 2013 (#)

Interesting! I didn't know that either.

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