April 26, 2012

Naming names

David Hume

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.

Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford

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.



  1. Yes, thank you for remembering Carol Barnett’s birthday. She attended Hollywood High and would frequently come back to our assemblys. I always love your blog!


    Comment by Deborah Turk — April 26, 2012 @ 5:56 am | Reply

  2. Lovely coat lovely blog thank you.


    Comment by avery zia — April 26, 2012 @ 8:22 am | Reply

  3. Some time tell me the argument about the Earl being a literary genius of the first order.


    Comment by Carol — April 26, 2012 @ 10:44 am | Reply

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