Smart and cranky, a great combination


Thank you, Dr House. “Rational arguments don’t usually work for religious people otherwise there would be no religious people.” Also good: “It’s not about fun, it’s about the truth.”

Comments

  1. CRM-114 says

    Maronan: A woman on track to become an astronaut experiences synesthesia while ‘flying’ in a flight simulator. She comes to House with $40,000 in cash because she wants her problem fixed but cannot afford any record of her condition or treatment. The hospital won’t do anything without fully documenting it, so House has to improvise and do tests without using any of the usual test equipment.

    Sorry you missed the show. I don’t think there has ever been an episode worth missing.

  2. Jeff D says

    Maronan,

    The clip was from the October 2 episode of “House” (I think; my TiVo may have me confused) and the patient was an astronaut candidate who suffered severe synesthesia (sensory processing mixup) in a flight simulator and later a heart attack. The African American resident, a Mormon, was competing for a staff position on Dr. House’s new team and was initially reluctant to participate in an alcohol consumption test that was intended to indirectly help diagnose the patient’s problems without leaving a medical-record paper trail visible to NASA’s snoops.

  3. Pablo says

    This is basically the same as the old line,

    “You cannot reason someone out of a position they were not reasoned into”

  4. Brain Hertz says

    “You’re an atheist”

    “Only on Christmas and Easter. The rest of the time, it doesn’t really matter”

    ROFLMAO…

  5. says

    Definitly loved that line. House is awesome. I wonder when they’re actually going to have a case of Lupus on the show?

  6. says

    “…a finite, unmysterious universe…”

    That makes it sound as though the universe was the size of my appartment.

  7. fardels bear says

    If it were an infinite, unmysterious universe the size of Luis’s apartment, think of how little it would cost per square foot.

  8. says

    As for actually having Lupus, that would be too easy, it’s the 2nd or 3rd thing they try every episode.

    Even the janitor suggested it.

  9. Kseniya says

    Is it quote mining if the meaning isn’t corrupted?

    How low can you go? How about this: Quote mining real people, both living and dead, with the intent of distorting the original meaning of their words as part of an ongoing campaign of disinformation waged to undermine science in the name of superstition.

  10. Thanny says

    As for actually having Lupus, that would be too easy, it’s the 2nd or 3rd thing they try every episode.

    Don’t forget the episode where House’s book on lupus is shown as clearly unused, to which he comments, “It’s never lupus.”

  11. Branko Collin says

    Ah, but the meaning of the show (not that of House, the character) is to be ultimately undecided on the question of religion. House represents just one of the positions in that debate.

  12. Branko Collin says

    Er, with that second sentence in #17 I was talking about dr. House, the character.

  13. says

    @ Branko
    1) How is quoting a fictional character, leaving the meaning of their statement intact, to show that you agree with that character, quote mining?

    2) #17: Ah, but the meaning of the show (not that of House, the character) is to be ultimately undecided on the question of religion.

    Even if this were relevant (which it’s not, see (1) above), I don’t think it’s true. Would the show constantly show House as winning all his contests with God if that were the case? There hasn’t been a miracle yet.

  14. says

    Don’t forget the episode where House’s book on lupus is shown as clearly unused, to which he comments, “It’s never lupus.”

    If I recall correctly, he’d hidden a bottle of pills in that book…

  15. Phillip Moon says

    I’m glad you came across this episode. I love the dialog. The first time I heard it was on set. I was one of the many people you see walking back and forth in the background (thus the term background actor). Alas, the clip didn’t run far enough, because when he walked out of that room, I made my cross right in front of him.

  16. Alex, FCD says

    If I recall correctly, he’d hidden a bottle of pills in that book…

    You recall incorrectly. It was a flask.

  17. Alex, FCD says

    @ Bruno

    You can’t quote mine if you’re not making an argument. A quote mine might go something like “A character on House said ‘The LDS church doesn’t attempt to control every aspect of our lives. When the situation is unclear, we’re encouraged to make our own decisions.’, therefore, House is Mormon propaganda.” This is post is more along the lines of “That sure was a cool line, eh? Ha ha, what a great show.”

  18. grey says

    I wish House wasn’t so cranky though – much as I find that entertaining, it doesn’t help the general negative image of atheists as cranky and unable to see happiness/goodness in life.

    I took one of those online quizzes once that would tell you whether you were an atheist based on your responses to questions…The last question asked “Do you truly love your family, your friends, and/or a significant other?” – if you answered “yes” to this question and some others, your result would be decidedly not atheist, because apparently “You care far too much about things to believe that the universe is meaningless.
    If you think you are an atheist, then you need to stop caring so much. Otherwise, look for another reason for the existence of the universe.” I think what we need now is a cheerful, mushy, positive atheist character to counter these stereotypes.

  19. Nomen Nescio says

    ok, i know it’s just a silly TV show and should not be taken too seriously, but how exactly did they twist synesthesia into a problem that would need fixing? synaesthetes i know manage to live with it just fine, no negative effects at all evident.

  20. SEF says

    If you think you are an atheist, then you need to stop caring so much. Otherwise, look for another reason for the existence of the universe.

    No, it just means those atheists have a more realistic basis for caring about things (and/or are more in touch with the nature of the reality of it for all people) than the idiot theist who wrote the quiz based on a fantasy view has.

  21. says

    Troff, you’ve lost me there. What exactly were you responding to?

    Jake, it is the show that is being quote-mined, not the character. I am unable to follow your claim — that it is not the show that is being quote-mined because if it were the character that was being quote-mined, it would not be quote-mining. Could you try again?

    Would the show constantly show House as winning all his contests with God?

    House is a drug addict. Does the fact that the hero of the show is a drug addict somehow glorify drug abuse? Or could it be that House is a flawed hero? Really, if American believers thought House was a show promoting the atheist agenda, whatever that may be, the show would have been pulled during the first season. House is popular on both sides of the fence just like Mr. Deity is, because the makers of both shows keep things nice and ambiguous.

    I haven’t watched enough of the show to know what the score is, but I do know that one of the characters keeps track, and that in one episode the score was declared a draw so far.

    You can’t quote mine if you’re not making an argument.

    Axil, you don’t need to make an argument if the quote happens to fit nicely in your continuous background narrative. A creationist could do the same; just post a quote out of context. Knowing his audience he would be confident in them reaching all the wrong conclusions, even without him encouraging them.

  22. Steve_C says

    I take House’s crankiness as pure exasperation with all the drivel he deals with day in and day out. Imagine making people feel better every day and a fictional superbeing gets credit for a miracle.

    I’d be cranky too.

  23. says

    Okay, I gave him three strikes.

    Branko, you’re a moron. You don’t even watch the show, but you’re gonna argue with people who do about what it’s about? Please be elsewhere now.

  24. SEF says

    It’s not (merely) because of the imaginary-superbeing-getting-the-credit angle. It’s because to him, as a genius type, he’s surrounded by morons. The superintelligent have to be super-tolerant just to appear to be tolerant at all. Neurotypicals don’t have it so tough because most people they meet are nearly the same as them, with just a few noticeably more stupid and a few significantly more intelligent.

    Of course it’s mostly because he’s a fictional character. So they can write him any way they want.

  25. SEF says

    I do watch the show.

    This is the part in your previous post where you reveal in (at least) two separate ways that you don’t watch it enough to have a valid opinion on its content:

    I haven’t watched enough of the show to know what the score is, but I do know that one of the characters keeps track, and that in one episode the score was declared a draw so far.

  26. Ian H Spedding FCD says

    “If it wasn’t for competition we’d still be single-celled organisms.”

    Nice one, House.

    Of course, he was wrong to rubbish the dying man’s beliefs. It wasn’t about truth, it was about allowing him to make what he felt was the best of what little time he had left.

    And if there is nothing else – which I also believe – then what does it matter what we do here? Even if you take the altruistic view that it is good for us to contribute to the betterment of the human race, none of us will be around to see it – even if it happens – ever.

    The only reason no to stick a switcblade in a power socket is that this is all we get. Seems a bit silly to cut it short without a very good reason.