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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Upstate NY vacation report

Back from Chautauqua, where highlights (besides Ken Miller's lecture) included a Chabad Lubavitcher discussion of Jewish psychology and the story of Solomon ordering a baby cut in two; and an excellent performance by Philadanco. Also of interest was a visit to Lily Dale Assembly, historic center of spiritualism, where I watched two "clairvoyants" in action. One did a decent job of cold reading, and gave vague advice that would be unlikely to be harmful. (e.g., Don't worry so much about the stuff still in boxes from the move.) The other was a woman with 47 years of experience channeling spirits and still nothing either plausible or useful to report.

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