Monday, February 26, 2007

Heald "Discovers" Lost Script: A new Meeting of Minds

Paul J. Heald, Univ. of Georgia, has posted an unusual paper on SSRN, Meeting of the Minds, Episode II: a Dark and Angry God Arises. The paper is written in the form of a script for the TV series, Steve Allen's Meeting of Minds. Here's the abstract, as posted by Heald:
In 1988, Professor Heald found a lost manuscript of Steve Allen's groundbreaking television show, “A Meeting of the Minds.” In that episode, published in 6 J. of Law & Rel. 279, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Kelman, Blaise Pascal, and Richard Posner discussed the nature of law. While completing renovation of a house, possibly visited by Allen, Heald recently found another manuscript jammed on top of an old water tank. The present episode reveals a lively discussion of Columbine, the death penalty, and the nature of retribution between Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C.-65 A.D.), C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), Jerry Falwell, and Milner Ball.