FYI France

File 3: Ejournal and archive

by Jack Kessler,

January 15, 2009 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on January 15, 2009.

From this point you can link / jump up to the main page for,

3.00 FYI France: Ejournal and archive

or to,

The FYI France Home Page

Versions of the following have appeared online regularly, since 1992, as a feature of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which is distributed for free via email every month except August. Ejournal subscriptions may be obtained via email request to:

Here this file is one of a number made available -- hopefully attractively, all in one place, and relevant to libraries and online digital information work in France and Europe -- as part of FYI France (sm)(tm), an online service to which anyone can subscribe for 12 months by postal mailing a check for US $45, payable to Jack Kessler, to PO Box 460668, San Francisco, California, USA 94146 (site licenses also are available): please write your email address on the front of your check. And you can pay via PayPal, on the FYI France homepage:

Please email suggestions for improvements to me at




Darwin and isms, in France


This year marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and the 150th of the publication of his most famous book: a small "events" calendar... of interest to anyone who may be in France on the dates shown, and also containing some culturally- very-interesting entries... plus a few Other Resources...

Darwin-in-France Calendar, 2009

-- in, or beginning in, January --



Here's hoping, then, that the French will preserve some notion of objectivity, in their particular current revision of Darwin's role in "science" -- so too the British and the Americans and the Chinese and the Indians, and anyone else at all interested in scientific method, in theirs -- this despite the often very fruitful "différence française", illustrated well in several of the above entries. Lamarck...

The world needs scientific explanation, still, including some notion of value-free / wertfrei science, albeit a more relativistic one than that cherished by 19th c. positivists: we are not yet "free from want" -- the lives of too many of us still are "nasty, brutish and short" -- belief has fed the soul, through times of troubles, but it has been science which has fed the body, and we still need both.

The above entries will be incorporated into a newly-reorganized "Calendar" section on the FYI France website, soon: with corrections and additions and updates, so please send any you'd like to see included to

In the meantime though notice here, at least, several language gems:

    "Darwin et Lucy face à l'obscurantisme"
    "Veut-on encore brûler Darwin?"
    -- and Pierre Joly's wonderfully-phrased,
    "Et la femme créa l'homme, L'évolution du sexe"

-- so, French still is one of the best means humans ever have devised for expressing the various facets of a complicated topic.

Happy New Year!


Jack Kessler,




      FYI France (sm)(tm) e-journal                   ISSN 1071-5916
            |           FYI France (sm)(tm) is a monthly electronic
            |           journal published since 1992 as a small-scale,
            |           personal experiment, in the creation of large- 
            |           scale "information overload", by Jack Kessler. 
           / \          Any material written by me which appears in 
          -----         FYI France may be copied and used by anyone for 
         //   \\        any good purpose, so long as, a) they give me 
        ---------       credit and show my email address, and, b) it 
       //       \\      isn't going to make them money: if it is going 
      		  to make them money, they must get my permission 
      in advance, and share some of the money which they get with me. Use 
      of material written by others requires their permission. FYI France 
      archives may be found at 
      (BIBLIO-FR archive), or 
      (PACS-L archive), or
      or . Suggestions, reactions, criticisms, praise, 
      and poison-pen letters all gratefully received at .
              	Copyright 1992- , by Jack Kessler, 
      	all rights reserved except as indicated above.



From this point you can link / jump up to,

The FYI France Home Page ,

or you can link / jump over to:

1.00 FYI France: Print Libraries in France
2.00 FYI France: Digital Libraries in France
3.00 FYI France: E-Newsletter and Archive
4.00 FYI France: Publishers in France
5.00 FYI France: Book-Dealers in France
6.00 FYI France: Calendar
7.00 FYI France: Discussion and Debate
8.00 FYI France: La Francophonie
9.00 FYI France: Internet Training & Consulting
10.00 FYI France: Essai
11.00 FYI France: Translation Services
12.00 FYI France: Bibliographies / Resource Lists
or you can,
Return to the top of this page .

M. Eiffel

Copyright © 1992- by Jack Kessler, all rights reserved.
W3 site maintained at
Document maintained by: Jack Kessler,
Last update: February 21, 2009