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EGR/MB: make believe  clo-@panix.com
 Aug 31, 2005 03:11 PDT 






Valued Readers:

Most of this one is on the site. There's a thing in linguistics called
a garden-path sentence.  For example: "The dog
that I had really loved bones."

Well, the following is a garden-path post. This is the only warning you
will receive...


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mystic
bourgeoisie




<a
href="http://mysticbourgeoisie.blogspot.com/2005/08/femme-banal.html"><font
face="Trebuchet MS">FEMME BANAL


far from relegating religion to the
category of illusion,

each issues an invitation to "make believe."

Stanford
Encyclopedia of Philosophy article referencing Luce Irigaray and Mary
Daly
and I have missed things and kept out of sight
but other girls were never quite like this.
...na na na
na-na na...

beatles
~ <a
href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000002UAO/entropygradientr/ref_ase"
target="_blank">rubber soul


How did I end up on the <a
href="http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/feminist-religion/"
target="_blank">Feminist Philosophy of Religion
page at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy site? I'll tell you
exactly how, though it could easily take the rest of the day. Grab a
cup of coffee or a beer. You ain't goin nowhere for a spell. Well
pardner, it was like this...
As of several months ago, there are these new things on Amazon
called SIPs -- for statistically improbable phrases. They show up right
after book title, author and first line, like this...


<a
href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/019515679X/entropygradientr/ref_ase"
target="_blank">Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American
Eugenics Movement (Hardcover)
    by <a
href="/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&rank=relevancerank&field-author-exact=Christine%20Rosen/102-4166254-3395330">Christine
Rosen "On a blisteringly hot day in July 1896, a preacher in
Topeka, Kansas..." (<a
href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/019515679X/ref=sib_fs_top/?%5Fencoding=UTF8&;p=S014&checkSum=hdk7PA0FPWCGzQgdX2MzOSNemYGY9CdokP4%2FvxOnxSE%3D#reader-link">more)
    
    SIPs:
    <a
href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/phrase/ref=sip_top_0/?%5Fencoding=UTF8&;src=019515679X&checkSum=jV3vTphbTxTAe94zO2jwoiC9PSb4fSBr3wjA5Isd2GY%3D&phrase=eugenics%20promoter">eugenics
promoter, <a
href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/phrase/ref=sip_top_1/?%5Fencoding=UTF8&;src=019515679X&checkSum=PCcQ2DSv8oD5eaU9eOBHzu9%2FWNrTL4D1Vm04Q7Ny0o16VOYuUHsOGA%3D%3D&phrase=eugenic%20health%20certificates">eugenic
health certificates, <a
href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/phrase/ref=sip_top_2/?%5Fencoding=UTF8&;src=019515679X&checkSum=txV6Aeetc9iFOaDAlTaV25rBoMQPABqjG4KT9gbA7e0%3D&phrase=sermon%20contest">sermon
contest, <a
href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/phrase/ref=sip_top_3/?%5Fencoding=UTF8&;src=019515679X&checkSum=miNPhAFhV8j1RxR9Kq4iwBKMTEicy%2FCIiJAvZ0eZrE9MqV1xG7w%2BMg%3D%3D&phrase=scientific%20eugenicists">scientific
eugenicists, <a
href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/phrase/ref=sip_top_4/?%5Fencoding=UTF8&;src=019515679X&checkSum=jV3vTphbTxTmx1r4diaukanSYqs7iTFMqYDgGb0ALvw%3D&phrase=eugenics%20crusade">eugenics
crusade (more)
    

Behind those simple looking links is a lot of hairy SCIENCE and
MATH. Suffice it to say: very powerful stuff. Take "eugenics crusade."
The embedded URL that link fires off has a lot of strange stuff in it.
Nevermind. It basically reduces to something like this...

www.amazon.com/gp/phrase/?phrase=eugenics%20crusade

Try it: <a
href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/phrase/?phrase=eugenics%20crusade"
target="_blank">eugenics crusade

On the resulting page, you'll see a list of hits, like so...


5 references in Preaching
Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement by
Christine Rosen
2 references in No Other Gods:
On Science and American Social Thought by Charles E. Rosenberg
1 reference in Governing the
Hearth: Law and the Family in Nineteenth-Century America by Michael
Grossberg

I removed the links from the above example. On the actual Amazon
page, if you click either the little triangle [not shown in email
version] or the "x references"
bit, a list will open below the hit -- as in a collapsable outliner --
providing a  snippet of context and a link to the full-text document
image.
And you get every instance of the SIP in every book that Amazon has
scanned -- i.e., the ones that say Search Inside, like this...

<a
href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/019515679X/ref=sib_dp_pt/#reader-link"
target="_blank"><img alt="" src="cid:part1.000204-@panix.com"
border="0" height="240" width="240">


Go ahead, click on it. [Nobody ever clicks on
the links. Berners-Lee would be rolling over in his grave. If he were
dead, that is.] See?
Do you have any idea what it would take to accomplish this in a
large library? Or even a small one? Or in a "real-world" bookstore?
Think about it. It would take a lot. Possibly months or years
of grueling research. Instead: click!



...continued...
[it gets better]
at
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href="http://mysticbourgeoisie.blogspot.com/">mysticbourgeoosie.blogspot.com





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