<CPOV> Judaism, bus-stops and the question of original research

Dror Kamir dqamir at bezeqint.net
Mon Oct 11 19:33:38 CEST 2010

Oh, and I forgot to bring you this link for the deletion debate. It is 
especially the suggestion to "correct" the article by changing its title 
to "Judaism and transport". I also forgot to give credit to the Wikibias 
blog, where I found the links to all this 


בתאריך 11/10/10 19:25, ציטוט Dror Kamir:

> Hi,
> There is nothing new about this idea, but it is still well preformed 
> (just like Shakespeare can be performed on stage over and over again, 
> as long as it is done in an impressive way :-) ).
> This article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism_and_bus_stops 
> (naturally nominated for deletion) is an attempt to prove that 
> well-phrased well-sourced article can be written about any subject.
> Wikipedia has a rule of "no synthesis", namely that creating a theory 
> by combining existing well-established theories or fragments of 
> theories is considered "original research", hence forbidden. However, 
> this article shows quite nicely that this rule is very hard to 
> implement, since novelty (or in this case, absurd) can be spotted only 
> if one has strong intuition about its inconsistency with contemporary 
> common knowledge. Actually, this article begs the conclusion that 
> original research is like pornography - we cannot define it, but we 
> know it when we see it, if our minds are conformed with the mainstream 
> of cultural behavior. But please resist the begging and tell me if you 
> think there are other conclusions :-)
> Dror
> PS - Where I live, whenever someone bring a pompous yet totally 
> pointless topic for discussion, there goes the saying, "We might as 
> well talk about 'The Elephant and the Jewish Question'". I had to 
> bring some elephant into the picture...
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