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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"Smart" people can't stand to think they might not be smarter than nature.

By "smart people" I mean anyone whose identity rests on the idea that they are more intelligent, more sophisticated, than most.

You will find more of them among the Democrats these days.

The "smart person syndrome" can be seen in the Intelligent Design debates, for example.

As soon as a smart person finds out I believe in ID, or I don't think the president is an idiot (who was neverthess clever enough to blow up the WTC and make it look like terrorism), or I respect religion, or I don't believe in socialism, they instantly decide I'm gullible and not too bright.

In general, the conservative ideology of the moment is less utopian, less in awe of human cleverness, than is the progressive ideology of the moment.


Smart people, of course, couldn't run their own circulatory, endocrine, respiratory, and neuroimmune systems for 60 seconds.

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