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Datebook: January 11 – William James Turns 170

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William James was born on January 11, 1842 (and died August 26, 1910). He was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a physician. He may be best known for his contributions to different aspects of psychology and as the brother of novelist Henry James and diarist Alice James. William gained widespread fame for his book Principles of Psychology, which criticized Hegelianism and sough to re-conceive the human mind as inherently purposive and selective. In 1906, he gave a speech, in which he defined one of the “classic problems of politics: hot to sustain political unity and civic virtue in the absence of war or a credible threat.” and sounded “a rallying cry for service in the interests of the individual and the nation.” Thoughts echoed in President Jimmy Carter’s Moral Equivalent of War Speech, 70 years later (constitution.org).

It’s Wednesday, January 11

Jeff Daniels’ deer-camp comedy Escanaba in da Moonlight opens at Paducah’s Markethouse Theatre tomorrow night. Steve Schwetman plays Reuben who seeks to shed the mantle of being “a buckless yooper.” Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. this weekend and next. Parental guidance is suggested due to language!

Practice sessions start Friday for a Dancing with the Stars Event, March 1 at the University of Tennessee at Martin Student Life Center. The UT-Martin Relay for Life Team fundraises for the American Cancer Society. The first practice Friday is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church 145 Hannings Lane in Martin.

LBL offers a balm for the winter blues with wildlife-viewing van tours through March. Saturday there’s an all-day Nature Watch tour seeking eagles and some 25 plus species of ducks which winter with us. The tour costs $40 per person and includes lunch at a local restaurant. See lbl.org for details.

Hear KET’s Connections with Renee Shaw tonight at 6:30. See our programming schedule at wkms.org. Thanks!

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