Crazy logic, intuitive logic

Tue, 23/02/2010 - 21:54 -- Heward Wilkinson

Mr Wilkinson's partisan infatuation with the Earl of Oxford stops him seeing that the decisions to support one authorship candidate rather than another is based on intuition, not logic. For example, if one starts with the assumption that William Shakespeare of Stratford was indeed the author, then all sorts of cross-connections follow, for instance, that he must have been a pupil of the Stratford grammar school and will have been taught by wise teachers such as Thomas Jenkins

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jenkins

- who will have introduced him to Ovid in particular, with the intensiveness which the works evidence.  It is then perfectly possible to make connections which make sense.

Much the same applies to Shakespeare's Catholic background and John Shakespeare's Catholicism:

http://www.englishhistory.info/Shakespeare/shakespeares-catholicism.html

But the original decision to go with one vision rather than another is intuitive and must be.

It is, however, indeed very interesting that, where Shakespeare is concerned, we do seem to be suspended between alternatives, which must be chosen on an intuitive basis. All I am saying - for the moment - is that Wilkinson seriously underrates the intuitive appeal of William Shakespeare of Stratford as the author, if those natural connections are allowed to be made.

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=uhT9jioaQGcC&sitesec=reviews&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Viktor-Arthur

Comments

It only takes a little investigation to strip William of Stratford of any "intuitive" appeal he might have. I'd say his "appeal" is nothing more than old-fashioned inertia and peer pressure. If everyone you know insists that the sky is orange, it takes a good deal of pig-headed clarity to stick to one's "intuition" that it is, in fact, blue, not orange.

Writers write. If the man from Stratford could write we'd have examples of his writing. No writer from that time or any other would leave behind no examples of his writing beyond six childish attempts to sign his name on legal documents. No amount of "intuition" will get you past an anomaly that size. There's a mystery there, and a rational explanation, which studying the times resolves.

Stephanie Hopkins Hughes: www.politicworm.com

Submitted by mrviktorarthurc... on

Dear Stephanie
Thank you for your comment on my post. I responded with a full post as it was too long I felt for a comment.

Viktor-Arthur