I subscribed to the mail list. It seems a failure of imagination to be
skeptical of everything though. I would hate to think as the review
suggests that some of the sublime visions in biblical literature are
nothing more than oxygen shortage.
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On Mar 23, 2010, at 5:15 PM, "Rickard A. Parker"
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> Eliot sighting:
> In the most recent issue of Scientific American magazine (April, 2010,
> p. 34) Michael Shermer's monthly column, "Skeptic," is entitled
> "The Sensed-Presence Effect" (How the brain produces the sense of
> someone present when no one is there.) The article starts with:
> In the 1922 poem The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot writes, cryptically:
> Who is the third who always walks beside you?/When I count, there
> are only you and I together /But when I look ahead up the white
> road/There is always another one walking beside you.
> In his footnotes to this verse, Eliot explained that the lines “we
> stimulated by the account of one of the Antarctic expeditions
> Shackleton’s] ... that the party of explorers, at the extremity of
> their strength, had the constant delusion that there was one more
> member than could actually be counted.”
> Near the end of the article Shermer writes: The sensed presence may be
> the [brain's] left-hemispere interpreter's explanation for
> right-hemisphere anomalies.
> Shermer also mentions mentions the book "The Third Man Factor." An
> issue of his www.skeptic.com website has a review of the book. See
> Skeptic » eSkeptic » Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
> Rick Parker