Sunday, May 14, 2006

Scholars criticizing "facts" in Brown's The Da Vinci Code

"In our experience, readers are taking it as true," said Ehrman, a religious-studies professor at the University of North Carolina and author of "Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code." "Historians care about what happened in the past, and it's important ... to separate the fact from the fiction." [IPBiz: like knowing, counter to the Stanford Law Review, that Boone did not invent the integrated circuit?]

"As a scholar I'm very grateful to Dan Brown. People like me are in demand right now in a way we have never been before," said Gail Streete, a religious-studies professor and expert on Mary Magdalene at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. "Most of the time nobody pays any attention to what we do." [IPBiz: like the attention paid to patent lawyers in the patent reform debate?]


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