Jim Lyttle

Jim the Scot

Clan Little Society

Secretary/Treasurer of the Clan Little Society, Inc., a registered 501(c)(7) Georgia nonprofit corporation. It was founded in 1994 by A. Paterson Little III for those who may be descended from or otherwise interested in the ancient Clan Little of Meikledale in the Scottish Borders.

College Teaching

Teaching at the post-secondary level since March, 1994 and then at American universities since September, 2001.


Have done some work on family history, including significant DNA analysis.

Lake Superior Freethinkers

Secretary of the Lake Superior Freethinkers, a registered 501(c)(3) Minnesota nonprofit corporation. It was founded in 1997 by Dr. Bill van Druten to serve as friendship group for non-theists.

Duluth Charter Commission

Appointed as a Commissioner for a four-year term by the Honorable Sally L. Tarnowski, Chief Judge for Minnesota's Sixth Judicial District. The 15 member commission acts on matters relating to the framing and amending of the Duluth City Charter and meets at Duluth City Hall.

Academic Research

Conducting research on the effective and responsible use of humor for persuasion since the summer of 1998.

Philosophers in America

Member of the Society of Philosophers in America.

American Mensa

Area Coordinator for the Duluth, Minnesota area. Organize gatherings and planning sessions of the "Northern Brights," a sub-group of members of the Minnesota branch of Mensa.

Public Speaking

Speaking from time to time at academic conferences or to community groups. Humorous and informative talks on humor, comedians, religion, freethought, critical thinking, and teaching with the Harvard case method. Also occasionally acting as a Master of Ceremonies.

Research Citations

Scholars and students sometimes find it helpful to refer to this research and writing when preparing their own work.

Humor Studies Association

A Life Member of the American Humor Studies Association.

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