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Literary Logic

I came across this article on how Spock and Sherlock Holmes aren’t really as rational as they pretend to be, and other characters often acknowledge them as being. Spock applies logic to situations where it doesn’t really apply, and doesn’t … Continue reading

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Serendipity, My Dear Watson

The daily e-mail I get from Wikipedia mentioned about a week ago that the word “serendipity” was first used in a letter Horace Walpole dated 28 January 1754. The word has come to signify unintended good fortune, but where did … Continue reading

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Turning Over a New Belief

Recently, Bill Maher did a bit on Real Time about what he called “smart stupid people,” those who had advanced degrees but still believed bizarre, irrational ideas. His main example was the neurosurgeon who wrote about a visit to Heaven; … Continue reading

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The Case of the Ozian Detectives

Since L. Frank Baum seems to have dabbled in just about every popular genre of his time, it’s not surprising that his oeuvre would include some detective fiction. In addition to some short mystery stories, he also introduced a girl … Continue reading

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