House Rules Re: [FoRK] The drum beat continues
Dr. Ernie Prabhakar <
drernie at radicalcentrism.org
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Thu Nov 16 12:11:16 PST 2006
On Nov 16, 2006, at 11:55 AM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>> Much as I love the show House, and admire Hugh Laurie's character,
>> I think you're pushing it a bit to call him "likable." :-)
> Well, I like him! You have to look through the gruffness. I'd
> rather have someone plainly combative but all up front than sugary
> but stabbing you in the back.
Actually, if I've been keeping track, House is both combative *and*
will stab you in the back. Just ask Wilson. :-)
I do agree that he's a lovable character, but I think the show does
an excellent job of questioning his dark side (as when Wilson mocked
his atheism as self-serving) as well as highlighting his overriding
virtues. When watching the show, I find myself both rooting for
_and_ against him, which is what makes it such great television.
>> <blockquote type=cite>Time this week has a cover of: "God Vs.
>> Science" which is a dueling interview of Richard Dawkins and
>> Francis Collins.
>> I really enjoyed that, and thought Dr. Collins (if occasionally a
>> bit stuffier than I would like) did an excellent job of
>> representing "my" side of the issue. Do you feel Dawkins
>> captured your perspective appropriately?
> I didn't disagree with Dawkins at all and I did with Collins, if
> that is what you mean. I have additional arguments to those
Actually, I meant something different. The vibe I got from Dawkins
is that he really despised religious people, like with his "clowns"
comment. At the very least, this seems deeply ironic for someone
who's condemning *religious* folk for being intolerant and irrational.
>> If, on the other hand, you're just trying to convince people that
>> the leadership of the religious right is hypocritical, homophobic,
>> self-righteous, self-serving and untrustworthy -- well, then I
>> completely agree with you, and I suspect Jesus would too:
>> Even though I'm one of them.
> Good luck with that. ;-)
See, from where I sit the immorality and narcissism of religious
leaders is indistinguishable from that of Dawkins and his ilk. I'm
sure it is very comforting for him -- or them -- to think that all
the evil in the world is because of "those other people".
I know better.
Ernie "the self-righteous, self-serving, narcissistic hypocrite"
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