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September 21, 2007

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Vitruvius

Ahh, David's Friday Ephemera. It's like breath of fresh air. Alas, to borrow David's words from the last thread, "It's getting late and my hammock is calling ...", so for now I'll just offer you my two queued contributions from the last week, thus maximizing your temporal opportunity to view them, should you be so inclined, before I get back to the matter, post-jentacularly, of perusing the other items previously and soon to be hereto.

There is a rather long essay entitled "Moral Psychology and the Misunderstanding of Religion", by Jonathan Haidt, that I think some of the readers here may find thought provoking, available at: http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/haidt07/haidt07_index.html

Speaking of the delights of anthropology, here James Randi conducts an (I would suggest) now classic Dowsing experiment: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7461912885649996034

David

Vitruvius,

Thanks for those. Norman Geras has some thoughts on the Haidt article:

http://normblog.typepad.com/normblog/2007/09/bases-of-morali.html

http://normblog.typepad.com/normblog/2007/09/just-authority.html

As does Ophelia Benson:

http://www.butterfliesandwheels.com/notesarchive.php?id=2039

http://www.butterfliesandwheels.com/notesarchive.php?id=2040

“It's like breath of fresh air.”

I think of it as more like a hand on the thigh. Or a playful slap on the ass.

Vitruvius

And let's not forget, in the name of diversity, a playful slap on the thigh, or a hand on the ass. 'Night all.

josephT.

Now the weekend have something more to enjoy weith. I love your Friday Ephemera, as much as I enjoy your blog. Congratulations from Spain.

Vitruvius

After Haidt's hearty stew, Geras and Benson are thin gruel indeed.

David

I’m sure the guide to untangling headphone cables will compensate.

Vitruvius

Sadly not. But the juggling was wonderful.

Vitruvius

In my continuing effort to attempt to contribute to this phenomenon, and returning to our on-going "The Classics This Friday" discussion, here's Victor Borge performing Mozart's "Mozart Opera":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ4ZNbiO15M

Here's the Canadian Brass performing "A Tribute to Ballet":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4Brr-xTKA0

And here's Prof. Shickele conducting PDQ Bach's Schleptet in E flat major:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yKhOzE8z0k

I apologize to those of you who don't like classical music humour, to those who do, salut. Perhaps, if you found this comment wanting, you might prefer Chazan Shepsil Kanarek:

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-680337333793699968

(Which includes, at the end, Menasich Goodman's famous sketch.)

Sure it's obscure, but isn't that part of the point of the Friday Ephemera? And besides, he sounds like me. Yeah, yeah, ok, I'm just kidding. I actually sound more like this (and I'm not even Yiddish, and I don't have a Brooklyn accent, but I am a student of Jackie's shtick):

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-7529134985242810869

Vitruvius

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