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 1900. When science raises its hands

The ideal pseudonym to describe the limits of human power

“Man is absurd for what he seeks and great for what he finds.”

Paul Valery

The article we quote in this chapter has an anthropological content. Upon first reading it becomes clear that it was written by someone who has deep scientific knowledge, but the strange thing is that the person who wrote it signs as Panagis Coutalianos. We are able to know that the athlete P. Coutalianos was completely illiterate, so it is impossible that he was the author of the specific article. It is understandable that the name of the athlete was used by the editor as pseudonym, precisely because the content of the article refers to the limits of human power as well as to the rare of extreme exclusions that the evolution of the human species has. Possibly the columnist closely watched Coutalianos and was inspired by his terrifying power, so he used the athlete’s name as pseudonym. But the fact that the athlete’s name is used as a nickname in itself proves that Coutalianos was very famous in his time.

November 25, 1900
Greek stamp. The illustrated work is a creation of the Greek painter Theofilos (1870-1934)
Indicative map of Coutalianos movements during the period 1900-1902
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