anomaly (e-nòm´e-lê) noun
1. Deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule: "NASA's system for tracking anomalies for flight readiness reviews failed" (Presidential Commission Report on the Challenger Disaster).
2. One that is peculiar, irregular, abnormal, or difficult to classify: "Both men are anomalies: they have . . . likable personalities but each has made his reputation as a heavy" (David Pauly).
3. Astronomy. The angular deviation, as observed from the sun, of a planet from its perihelion.
- anom´alis´tic (-lîs´tîk) or anom´alis´tical adjective
- anom´alis´tically adverb
disorder: irregularity, anomalousness, anomaly,
nonconformity: anomaly, exception, exclusion
birth defect (bûrth dê´fèkt´)
A physiological or structural abnormality that develops at or before birth and is present at the time of birth, especially as a result of faulty development, infection, heredity, or injury. Also called congenital anomaly.
or syndactylism (-te-lîz´em) noun
1. The condition of having two or more fused digits, as occurs normally in certain mammals and birds.
2. A congenital anomaly in human beings characterized by two or more fused fingers or toes.
The paradox of hypermodernity is that one can only understand it if one goes back 100,000 years in time. History is an anomaly. History is a complete fluke. It's a brief, episodic, transitional phenomenon. It's not going to leave more than a centimeter of deposition in the strata of this planet. It is the platform from which we will launch the collective soul of our species out into the higher life of the galaxy. We use the metaphor "Mother Earth," but if the earth is our Mother then we must be parted from her. The earth may be the cradle of humankind but you don't stay in the cradle forever unless there is something wrong with you. So earth is the platform, and psychedelic substances, human machine interphasing, nanotechnology, quantum-distribution of information are the means.
emo/punk record label Anomaly. ca. 1991-1993
film _Matrix: Reloaded_
Architect: Hello, Neo.
Neo: Who are you?
Architect: I am the Architect. I created the Matrix. I've been waiting for you. You have many questions, and though the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably human. Ergo some of my answers you will understand, and some of them you will not. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also the most irrelevant.
Neo: Why am I here?
Architect: Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the Matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which, despite my sincerest efforts, I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you, inexorably... here.
Neo: You haven't answered my question.
Architect: Quite right. Interesting. That was quicker than the others.