Today is the birth date of John James Audubon – whom we celebrated at length last year – and David Hume, Scottish philosopher, whose writings on philosophy were really more about human psychology – he concluded that humans are motivated by desire, not by reason. He seemed to think that was a good thing.
Whatever, he became the father of utilitarianism and logical positivism and a big influence on Adam Smith and William James. I post his portrait because his coat is just spectacular.
This is also the date of William Shakespeare’s christening, which gives me the opportunity to reiterate that it was the Earl of Oxford that wrote the plays and it’s just too bad that the most convincing arguments for his authorship were put forward by someone named Looney.
Birthday wishes as well to Carol Burnett and to the redoubtable I.M. Pei, who celebrates 95 years today.