EGR/MB: make believe
Aug 31, 2005 03:11 PDT
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
face="Trebuchet MS">FEMME BANAL
far from relegating religion to the
category of illusion,
each issues an invitation to "make believe."
Encyclopedia of Philosophy article referencing Luce Irigaray and Mary
and I have missed things and kept out of sight
but other girls were never quite like this.
...na na na
How did I end up on the <a
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...
target="_blank">Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American
Eugenics Movement (Hardcover)
Rosen "On a blisteringly hot day in July 1896, a preacher in
Topeka, Kansas..." (<a
health certificates, <a
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...
Try it: <a
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
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
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
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...
target="_blank"><img alt="" src="cid:email@example.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!
[it gets better]
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