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Date of King John
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0552  Thursday, 24 March 2005

[1]     From:   Marcus Dahl <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Mar 2005 18:30:55 -0000
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0541 Date of King John

[2]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Mar 2005 14:18:45 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0541 Date of King John


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From:           Marcus Dahl <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Mar 2005 18:30:55 -0000
Subject: 16.0541 Date of King John
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0541 Date of King John

Dear All,

Apologies of course for my fickle last post. (Though I still have a
wonderful image of the insurmountably lost keys).

To Michael: Is this the same Jared Diamond who seems to believe from
scattered paleopathological evidence that humans were better off as
hunter-gatherers?

I think it is rather ironic that JD (if it is him) is quoted as an
authority on evidence in an email list dedicated to Shakespeare - who
lived in a time of war, famine, plague (etc etc) so bemoaned by Diamond:

"Archaeologists studying the rise of farming have reconstructed a
crucial stage at which we made the worst mistake in human history.
Forced to choose between limiting population or trying to increase food
production, we chose the latter and ended up with starvation, warfare,
and tyranny."
http://www.agron.iastate.edu/courses/agron342/diamondmistake.html

I'll chose the latter anytime. Much more fun.

I wonder if Michael could inform those who haven't read JD's work on
evidence what his principles are and how they might be applied to our
particular problem?

The question is presumably something like: what constitutes 'reasonable
doubt' in the appraisal of attributional evidence? I refer those
interested in this area to the work of Professor Joesph Rudman who is a
hard task master indeed.

All the best for fun and games,
Marcus

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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Mar 2005 14:18:45 -0600
Subject: 16.0541 Date of King John
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0541 Date of King John

Michael Egan cites a number of scientific ways of determining dates. He
left out glottodendrochronolgy, or talking to trees. Such interviews are
difficult to obtain, however.

Cheers,
don

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