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Cuneiformist
The Imperfectionist

USA
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Posted - 07/02/2008 :  04:54:29  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just heard on NPR's Morning Edition that in the next few days, they're going to do some stories on the so-called "authorship questions" re Shakespeare.

I freely admit that this is one of those fringe ideas that I sort of bought into. I read Alias Shakespeare a long time ago and found it to be compelling. I don't know if I'd still feel that way, so I look forward hearing this NPR feature.

The Rat
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Canada
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Posted - 07/03/2008 :  06:17:17   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit The Rat's Homepage Send The Rat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Chairman of our local skeptics group is quite the expert on this subject, and devoted two separate articles to it in recent newsletters. His opinion is that it's a load of hooey, Shakespeare was DA MAN!

Bailey's second law; There is no relationship between the three virtues of intelligence, education, and wisdom.

You fiend! Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the Church? - The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Blackadder II

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The Rat
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Canada
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Posted - 07/03/2008 :  06:48:19   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit The Rat's Homepage Send The Rat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Aha, found 'em! There is one in the April 2006 newsletter titled Was the immortal Bard bogus?, and can be found on-line here:

http://www.skeptics.ca/newsletters/0604.pdf

The second, Skeptical about ... so-called skepticism, is here:

http://www.skeptics.ca/newsletters/0709.pdf

Bailey's second law; There is no relationship between the three virtues of intelligence, education, and wisdom.

You fiend! Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the Church? - The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Blackadder II

Baculum's page: http://www.bebo.com/Profile.jsp?MemberId=3947338590
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
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Posted - 07/03/2008 :  09:46:56   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by The Rat

Aha, found 'em! There is one in the April 2006 newsletter titled Was the immortal Bard bogus?, and can be found on-line here:

http://www.skeptics.ca/newsletters/0604.pdf

The second, Skeptical about ... so-called skepticism, is here:

http://www.skeptics.ca/newsletters/0709.pdf
Thanks for these. I especially liked the second article, from a critical thinking as a tool of logic standpoint.

That is, while there may be some percieved inconstancies and perhaps some small reason for doubt about the Stratfordian view, the alternatives suggested by the Shakespeare conspiracy advocates are far more fantastic and therefor less likely to be true.



Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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