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A sceptic’s thought for Valentine’s Day

February 9, 2012

Have you no sensitivity?

Happy Holidays 2011

December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays 2011

Greeting Sherlock Holmes

December 25, 2009

Christmas Day, 2009. The latest film featuring the Great Detective has just opened. I have not yet seen it, but I have seen reviews, some appreciative, some scathing. Sherlockians are busily commenting and many are apprehensive. This is understandable. Most  lovers of the Canon hold a firm mental picture of Mr. Holmes and his good friend Dr. Watson. Film makers, pastiche  constructors  and others  who conjure  images  that oppose ours  can seem ill-mannered intruders. (I, for instance, have been convinced for many years that Sherlock Holmes bears a striking resemblance to Mr. Weinstein, my Junior High School English teacher. Mr. Weinstein, I assure you,  looked nothing like Robert Downey Jr.)

And while I’ve a particular interest in Mr. Holmes  scientific endeavors ,  I  understand the new film neglects  these in favor bare-knuckled fighting and general mayhem. So it will be a view of Sherlock Holmes that is new to me. It may be disconcerting, but it is not necessarily a bad thing. Maybe it will attract a new audience for the Consulting Detective—an audience that may  eventually actually read the Canon, and may develop a curiosity about that grim dissecting room . . . and maybe even read a book dear to my heart, The Science of Sherlock Holmes. With hope for the film and for the New Year . . . EJ

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Welcome to EJ’s Dissecting Room

September 24, 2009

Book_skull_EJ01w500Welcome to the Dissecting Room (a work in progress) where we investigate historic criminal cases. Crimes of scientific interest, interviews with experts in various forensic specialties, and discussions of related books will be part of the mix. Since a great many things have been against the law at one time or another, we will have a large range of topics, from witchcraft to piracy to homicidal physicians.

An off-topic category called “Wayside Station” will occasionally make an appearance.  “Wayside Station” will feature humorous pieces as well as the odd cartoon. (It’s really hard to survive the forensic world without a good sense of humor.)

And as it is, after all, a personal blog, there will, every so often, be a rant about favorite irritations, such as psychics, astrologers and other purveyors of pseudo-science. This category will be labeled “Beating the Corpse.”

This title of this blog and its category subtitles, were chosen in homage to Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who, courageously overcoming the disadvantage of being fictional, made brilliant and lasting contributions to the scientific study of crime.

As Mr. Holmes is our inspiration, whatever the subject, we shall we shall always vigorously be pursuing verity . . .Pursuing Verity