Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Well, Pinker was really just disagreeing with the stupid idea that music evolved because it promotes reproduction. His point was that music does not serve a practical end.

Evolutionary psychology makes a lot of sense to me at times, but of course the fanatics take it too far. We just do not know why or how music evolved, and the same for art, dancing, language, religion, etc. "We do not know" -- some scientists just can't bring themselves to say that sentence.

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