Frankenstein: Origins

An Account of some Experiments made on the Body of a Criminal immediately after Execution, with Physiological and Practical Observations. By Andrew Ure, M.D.M.G.S. Read at the Glasgow Literary Society, Dec. 10, 1818 Convulsions accidentally observed in the limbs of dead frogs, originally suggested to Galvani, the study of certain phenomena, which from him have […]

The Misspent Youth Of Gilon Tzufriedenzucher

For E.R., who’s smart enough to know what we’re really good at. The pathetic tale of Gilon Tzufriedenzucher, who spent his youth desperately striving for satisfaction and personal fulfillment via athletic achievement, only to be frustrated by the superior jumping ability of the average alley cat and the swimming ability of the average carp: סיפור […]

A Man Hath No Preeminence Above A Beast

We recently saw Prof. Eugene Volokh’s suggestion that in the context of incitement to violence, the law should distinguish between the incitement of humans and animals: That Super was a dangerous person and not a dangerous animal should, I think, make a legal difference. Halachah actually does make such a distinction, albeit in the context […]