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Re: Who says dromaeosaurs can't fly?



IN RESPONSE: I have, above my desk, the original
published quotation you allude to. I also attended a
spectacular lecture by Reb Scholem, more than 30 years
ago in San Francisco (I have, not more than 5 feet
from me, an entire shelf of his English/German/Hebrew
works)in which he used the same sentence, but added
"science and art", which I paraphrased for my message.
It was in response to a question re: Carl Jung, about
whom Reb Scholem gave a devastating capsule view of
those who would betray science. His quote opens a
chapter in my book concentrating on the racialist
overtones of post-1859 zoological thought, about which
Reb Scholem was well-versed in. Moreover, to make a
minor correction to your comments below, his
scholarship covered many more avenues of thought than
you realize, as he pointed out to me that Rav Abraham
Yitzhak Kook was a staunch supporter of Alfred Russel
Wallace's conceptualizations of natural selection, and
that Talmudic scholars were quite familiar with the
fossil footprints of dinosaurs in Europe. This is one
subject, indeed, in need of elucidation. L'shanah
tovah, Jaime A. Headden. SP
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--- "Jaime A. Headden" <qilongia@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Stephen Pickering (StephanPickering@cs.com) wrote:
> 
> <The late scholar Gershom Scholem once said:
> Science/philosophy/art is 
> the deliberate misuse of language specifically
> designed for that purpose.>
> 
>   This is slightly misquoting the man, whose work
> was the use of language
> and philosophy in religious thought (and notable for
> reinterpreting the
> Torah):
> 
>   He wrote: "Philosophy is the deliberate use of
> language specifically
> designed for that purpose." Though he considered art
> an aspect of this,
> and any science derives from a philosophical
> standpoint, science today has
> nothing of the philosophical basis except in the
> quality of testing,
> explicit though it may be. We are a bit more serious
> than _then_.
> 
>   Cheers,
> 
> =====
> Jaime A. Headden
> 
>   Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We
> are too used to making leaps in the face of
> adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We
> should all learn to walk soft, walk small, see the
> world around us rather than zoom by it.
> 
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