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My New Hero November 27, 2006

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Given my current tendency towards crankiness (see my post on Thanksgiving), this fellow, Gregory House, MD (played with sublime cantankerousness by noted English actor Hugh Laurie) is my new hero. House is a brilliant diagnostician with no patience AT ALL for human idiocy. He is at turns sarcastic, irascible, opinionated, offensive, outrageous, ornery, brilliant, bitterly ironic, cranky, obnoxious, insightful, abusive and very, very funny.

We do not have cable, but we do have a DVD player, and spent some of the otherwise unhappy Thanksgiving holiday watching House tear into every living person around him and solve any number of seemingly impossible medical cases.

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1. House himself - November 28, 2006

“House is a brilliant diagnostician with no patience AT ALL for human idiocy”

Let’s see what House says about religion:
“Isn’t it interesting… religious behaviour is so close to being crazy that we can’t tell them apart.” -House vs. God [2.19]

Agreed, House rocks!

2. demolition65 - November 28, 2006

“House himself”, eh?
And I won’t argue the point. But then, is he saying that religious behavior IS crazy? No. Only that the occasional, open rejection of untrammelled reason is -by societal definition- crazy.
Nice try, Mr. -in-all-likelihood-a-wannabe- Pharyngulist.
Back to the drawing board.

3. The Village Idiot - November 28, 2006

Yes, he is a hoot. But can you imagine being one of his students? Or his patients?

4. House himself - November 29, 2006

What is religion but the open rejection of reason?

5. demolition65 - November 29, 2006

Nice try. Religion embraces reason, but does more than unreasonsably embrace reason alone as the sole arbiter of truth, as your philosophical god-on-earth, PZ, maintains.
Back to the drawing board again. . .

6. Linoge - November 29, 2006

That show is one of three that convinced me to get a Tivo, due to my disjointed schedule, and complete and utter inability to remember when things are on…

7. House himself - November 30, 2006

“unreasonably embrace reason”…that you for this quote. I will treasure it for the rest of my life 🙂
You adhere to catholicism, probably the most ridiculous religion of all: you are supposed to worship parts of cadavers, for crying out loud!

Why do you keep saying ‘Back to the drawing board’. Do you think that repeating mantras will give your statements more sincerity?

8. demolition65 - November 30, 2006

“unreasonably embrace reason”…that you for this quote. I will treasure it for the rest of my life

Good that you’re being reasonable for once. I am not being ironic, though you are apparently trying (and failing) to be so. Have you ever heard the phrase, “moderation in all things”? This includes moderation in the untrammeled abuse of reason.

You adhere to catholicism, probably the most ridiculous religion of all: you are supposed to worship parts of cadavers, for crying out loud!

Given your obviously breathtaking ignorance regarding Catholicism, and an evident disinterest in actually learning what it is all about (after all, your faith is in reason alone), I won’t attempt to rectify your foolishness. Rest comfrotably in your ignorance.

Why do you keep saying ‘Back to the drawing board’.

Because that is where you need to keep going. It is that simple.

9. House himself - November 30, 2006

“Good that you’re being reasonable for once. I am not being ironic, though you are apparently trying (and failing) to be so. Have you ever heard the phrase, “moderation in all things”? This includes moderation in the untrammeled abuse of reason.”
Hmmm…abuse of reason. I don’t think anyone has ever died because of ‘abuse of reason’. But about this moderation thingy: So the happy medium between utter stupidity and reason would be…moderate stupidity?

“Given your obviously breathtaking ignorance regarding Catholicism, and an evident disinterest in actually learning what it is all about (after all, your faith is in reason alone), I won’t attempt to rectify your foolishness. Rest comfrotably in your ignorance.”
Having spent 8 years in a school run by monks of the order of saint benedict I know my share of catholicism, which among other inanities includes worshipping severed limbs which are said to have belonged to ‘saints’. I wonder how that goes with your “moderated reason”

“Because that is where you need to keep going. It is that simple.”
Ah, ok. I was asking since it sounds more like feeble self gratification, like ‘Good job, demolition, you totally pwned this atheist’.

10. demolition65 - November 30, 2006

Hmmm…abuse of reason. I don’t think anyone has ever died because of ‘abuse of reason’.

Right. See Hitler, 1938. Claiming reason all along the way.

But about this moderation thingy: So the happy medium between utter stupidity and reason would be…moderate stupidity? See Kreeft and Tacelli, “The Three Acts of the Mind.” Actually taken from Aristotle, it states that there are three types of reason:
1. What is understoof by reason (self-evident)
2. WHat is discovered by reason, and
3. WHat is proven by logic, without recourse to faith.

You, and your prophet PZ, rely only upon #3. To illustrate the aridity of your position, prove the existence of love based only on #3. You cannot do it, yet this is the stadard you insist any failth-based conclusion must use.

Must be tough, living a life with no love, “HouseHimself.”

Having spent 8 years in a school run by monks of the order of saint benedict I know my share of catholicism, which among other inanities includes worshipping severed limbs which are said to have belonged to ’saints’. I wonder how that goes with your “moderated reason” As I was schooled by Franciscans for 8 years (as I suspect you were, grade school), which taught next to nothing about the faith as the Church actually teaches it. Your experience does nothing to mitigate your evident ignorance.

Ah, ok. I was asking since it sounds more like feeble self gratification, like ‘Good job, demolition, you totally pwned this atheist’. As in scoring points? I really couldn’t care much less. You came over here. . .I am responding to what may be responded to .

11. Teh Uber Nayr - November 30, 2006

Albert Einstein is widely considered to be the wisest man of the 20th century. He was responsible for many scientific breakthroughs, including atomic power. He once said:

“I do not think that it is necessarily the case that science and religion are natural opposites. In fact, I think that there is a very close connection between the two. Further, I think that science without religion is lame and, conversely, that religion without science is blind. Both are important and should work hand-in-hand.”

12. House himself - December 1, 2006

“Right. See Hitler, 1938. Claiming reason all along the way.”
Muhahah, right. Blaming the jews, gypsies and gays for all the evil in the world is a reasonable thing to do. He was merely using the same scapegoats christians had used for centuries. And well indoctrinated, the people happily responded.

“See Kreeft and Tacelli, “The Three Acts of the Mind.” Actually taken from Aristotle, it states that there are three types of reason:
1. What is understoof by reason (self-evident)
2. WHat is discovered by reason, and
3. WHat is proven by logic, without recourse to faith.”
Apparently you have not really understood this scheme (or your apologists have yet again interpreted it wrongly)…as once again, in none of those 3 steps you are supposed to abandon logic and reason for faith.

“You, and your prophet PZ, rely only upon #3. To illustrate the aridity of your position, prove the existence of love based only on #3. You cannot do it, yet this is the stadard you insist any failth-based conclusion must use.”
Love is quite nicely understandable, however requires a little bit of biological knowledge.
I have yet to understand what your obsession with PZ is. I don’t require a father figure with a pointy hat to tell me what’s ok and what’s not.

“Must be tough, living a life with no love, “HouseHimself.”
Consider it a mere synonym. ‘Il messaggero non è importante’

“As I was schooled by Franciscans for 8 years (as I suspect you were, grade school), which taught next to nothing about the faith as the Church actually teaches it. Your experience does nothing to mitigate your evident ignorance.”
I was told quite a lot, especially about the vacuity of faith and the total degeneracy of Catholicism. The most profound atheists are still produced by the church itself.

“As in scoring points? I really couldn’t care much less. You came over here. . .I am responding to what may be responded to .”
Yes, I came here in the first place. Consider me some kind of ‘counter troll’; whenever you annoy people, I’ll be happy to return the favor.

13. demolition65 - December 1, 2006

Interesting:

Blaming the jews, gypsies and gays for all the evil in the world is a reasonable thing to do. He was merely using the same scapegoats christians had used for centuries. And well indoctrinated, the people happily responded.

Juxtaposed with: The most profound atheists are still produced by the church itself.

See, Hitler rejected his faith, and embraced a “reasonable alternative.” The untrammeled use of reason leads to unreason.

I was told quite a lot, especially about the vacuity of faith and the total degeneracy of Catholicism. As far as the degeneracy of Catholicism goes, we are talking about the degeneracy of man, not the faith.

Little difficult for Man to carry out a divine mission perfectly.

Love is quite nicely understandable, however requires a little bit of biological knowledge. That’s not love. That’s sex.

Apparently you have not really understood this scheme (or your apologists have yet again interpreted it wrongly)…as once again, in none of those 3 steps you are supposed to abandon logic and reason for faith. There is no reason for faith to contradict reason. Perhaps a longer post on this fact is needed.

Yes, I came here in the first place. Consider me some kind of ‘counter troll’; whenever you annoy people, I’ll be happy to return the favor. Ah. The internet’s vigilante enforcer.

14. brian - December 2, 2006

Yeah, another House fan! I’ve only seen a few episodes (4 at the most), but I can definitely say I love the House character. I think I find him so fascinating because there’s no other character like him on TV (analytic, calculating, somewhat emotionally arrested). That show’s a breath of fresh air.


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