This story is a work of fiction.
Since it is exploring the relationships between different events and ideas and
the way people create networks to communicate, it is natural to structure the
narrative as a tree with hyperlinks. This allows the reader to choose his own
path through The Scatterbrained Syncretist. While some of the footnotes
are merely "additional information", others lead to extended discussions
of an unpredictable range of subjects. So, although you should find your own path
through this text, it won't make much sense if the reader doesn't discover the
if you view this as more akin to a game than a novel, you'll be rewarded.
composition of this work is a continuous process. Sometimes new material is added
at the end (you know...getting longer) and other times additions are made to the
branching footnotes (getting wider).