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Portraits From Memory (Bertrand Russell) (Digitally Remastered 96)

Portraits From Memory (Bertrand Russell) (Digitally Remastered 96)

3 Mar 2003

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  • Original Release Date: 21 Oct 1996
  • Release Date: 21 Oct 1996
  • Label: Mixed Repertoire
  • Copyright: 1996 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1996 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Duration: 2:12 minutes
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  • ASIN: B001I0U2LI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,612,264 in MP3 Songs (See Top 100 in MP3 Songs)

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By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE on 21 Nov 2010
One of the sad things about Bertrand Russell is that his radio & TV contributions have almost entirely been forgotten. For a man of such immense stature, this is a great pity as this means that much of his wisdom has been permanently lost to us...

... or has it? Listening to this excellent p*ss take of Bertrand Russell, you could be forgiven for thinking that maybe Russell's Radio 4 output had got a bit intellectual & pretentious. Certainly it sounds like Russell shared many of Dawkins' attributes of being intellectually egotistical & of trying to use impenetrable metaphors to show off.

This particular track (with the pretentious title 'Is this a dagger I see before me?') consists of Russell playing a 'cunning subterfuge' on the 'then young G.E. Moore' by 'trapping him into a logical falsehood'.
Not to spoil the plot, but Russell proceeds to ask Moore a number of questions about whether he has apples in a basket he is holding. Each time the question is asked differently and, depending on the nature of the answer, Russell then pretends that this is some clever move in a philosophical game.

And the best thing is that Jonathon Miller has the perfect voice of Russell & better still, knows how to get the audience to laugh just by the way he says certain things.

Of course, this sketch may only appeal to people who remember Russell or people with an interest in his writings. However, the comedy hasn't aged too badly & Radio 4 still has moments of pretentious intellectualism that chime with this sketch.

That said, I'd recommend getting the whole The Complete Beyond The Fringe to see the full breadth of humour offered by Moore, Miller, Bennett &, most of all Peter Cook...
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