Found Link – Judy’s Research Blog – Doctor Who as a Test Case for Human Memory

As I’ve built this blog, I’ve had difficulty finding other bloggers I can turn to for inspiration. There are tons of religion blogs which I would call devotional, that is they take religion from the heart. I can appreciate that, but it is not what I would like to build and not what I hope to learn. I’m studying from the head, rather than the heart. There is nothing I enjoy more than chasing down some obscure reference (as I did with Azazel) across a few Christian or Jewish early sources. I love the Talmud and the writings of Rashi. I love the Confessions of St. Augustine. The Dead Sea Scrolls give me goosebumps.

I’m a geek. I say so in the title.

As a geek, I also share a love of Doctor Who. The first first post made to this blog was a video of the Sixth Doctor to the tune of “Joseph’s Coat” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. So, given my biases, I’m going to repost a link to Judy’s Research Blog. She’s doing a blog about her PhD work on the Gospel of Thomas. The specific post is about human memory and the challenge of how well you can remember the dialog in a typical episode of Doctor Who. She’s relating this to the challenge of early gospel writers being able to accurately relate the words of the speakers, particularly Jesus. (I think to be more accurate, you’d have to watch Doctor Who in Spanish and have to relate the dialog in English, assuming you knew both languages. But the idea applies.)

On the whole though, I agree. I’d be a much better person if I could just remember a bit more of the Doctor’s dialog…

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