What the Reindeer Saw

Malcolm Gladwell explains Christmas, as imagined by Craig Brown for Vanity Fair: “In a hugely influential 2004 experiment at the University of Colorado at Bollocks Falls, Professor Sanjiv Sanjive and his team asked 323 volunteers to wrap themselves in swaddling clothes and spend the night in a stable, lying in a manger. Logic would dictate that at least one of them would be visited by shepherds, wise men, or kings from the East, right?” In real life, Gladwell has a good talk with Charlie Rose. [%comments]

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  1. Morley says:

    This satire seems misguided. I wouldn’t necessarily attack Gladwell for using studies, but rather for using anecdotal evidence in place of studies.

    Then again, this is probably the best we can expect from Vanity Fair.

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  2. Nosybear says:

    They forgot the vital ingredient, a star in the east.

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  3. P says:

    “Logic would dictate that at least one of them would be visited by shepherds, wise men, or kings from the East, right?”

    No, logic does not dictate that.

    Logic would dictate that, if one of these 323 people was a newborn AND was the son of God THEN he would be visited by shepherds, wise men, or kings from the East.

    To simply go lay in a manger without being the newborn son of God is kind of pointless. Unless, all the inns were full.

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  4. MeToo says:

    Available inns were not at 97% occupancy. They were well-beyond. This was a total census. The housing challenge was much greater than a little city handling a big convention. Likely, people were camped out in people’s homes, barns, sheds, fields, etc. The issue is not so much that Jesus happened to be born in a manger, as if a manger attracts wise men like a discarded refridgerator attracts little kids, but that he was born in a socially humble position.

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  5. Kevin says:

    I think so people are kinda missing the point.

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  6. Jake says:

    I do not know about the article but the photos of Stephanie Seymour next to it were a nice gift.

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  7. David Hodgkinson says:

    “Bollocks Falls”? Oh, come on.

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  8. randy says:

    never mind the bollocks….

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