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

Zona Tsou besidelake at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 01:36:58 CEST 2010

Dear Dror,

   I wish there's a "like" that I can click on!  The comparison to
Shakespeare play is awesome and the analogy of pornography really brings out
the irony!  And oh, I remember you and your elephant~ ;)   Thank you for
sharing this!

Good luck with all the good work!!!

Zona :)

On Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 1:25 AM, Dror Kamir <dqamir at bezeqint.net> wrote:

> 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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