House M.D.

Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise there would be no religious people.

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Kal Penn not on House anymore

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Starting with a short clip!

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Comment by TNT666 on November 16, 2010 at 7:32am
One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real.
Klaus Kinski
1926 - 1991

This is what I use as my email signature, I think Gregory House is a full embodiement of this spirit, at the very opposite end of the spectrum of religions, which adulate virtue, but fail to live up to it. Failure to be virtuous is such a huge burden that people end up living as hypocrites, whereas those who embrace their dark side, as House does so well, in the ends will always shine through.
Comment by Catherine Osborn on March 19, 2010 at 12:46pm
In response to Jared. You're right, of course.
Comment by Catherine Osborn on March 19, 2010 at 12:43pm
Excellent point, Yannick. I remember the episode well.
Comment by Yannick on March 19, 2010 at 12:00am
About the will/would I remember that it sounded like a will but I know that "would" would (will? just kidding) be the correct option. I'm going to change it.

About the coincidence part he doesn't believe in coincidence between symptoms and medical events but he does in other things.
Take a look for example in the episode of the priest who hallucinated Jesus, when in the end the guy restores is faith and house said that the hallucination might have been a coincidence.
Comment by Jared Lardo on March 18, 2010 at 10:18pm
Catherine, try watching, oh, I don't know, just about any episode of House ever. Quite often he sees extant connections between events and symptoms that others don't see and had classified as, if anything, unconnected ("pure coincidence").

Of course, he's also said--though I paraphrase--"The little girl with two kinds of cancer won the lottery. It happens. (I.e., it was purely coincidence.)" He's contradictory, that's human, and that's part of what makes him such a great character.

And yeah, it was "would".
Comment by Catherine Osborn on March 18, 2010 at 10:00pm
"Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise there will be no religious people."

This is curious. House is usually conventionally grammatical. Surely he said: "There would be no religious people." ???

Second: The one part of House's character that seems out of place. House has several times said he doesn't believe in coincidence.
It's at odds with his sceptical persona. People who don't believe in coincidence usually believe in all sorts of irrational nonsense. They see meaning and pattern wherever two or more events occur together: hence, religion, miracles, magic, woo.
It's not a very House-like thing to say. But I suspect the writers of the show aren't very knowledgeable about scepticism and critical thinking.
Comment by linda wagner on February 26, 2010 at 10:40am
i got a new t-shirt yesterday, A National sarcasm society t-shirt, I can't wait to wear it. I think House would love it and have something to say about it.
Comment by IAmTheBlog on January 12, 2010 at 11:15am
That was a great episode last night. Sometimes House (like most TV nowadays) can be predictable at times, but not last night. The patient died, which has happened before but is still the exception rather than the rule. And I figured Wilson would try to foil House's plan somehow, but would never have guessed how.

Gay marriage, atheism, an unmarried woman adopting a's a wonder Fox still carries this show!
Comment by TNT666 on January 11, 2010 at 10:46pm
Oh I just watched Wilson propose to House to derail House's womanising... classic!
Comment by IAmTheBlog on May 26, 2009 at 1:04pm
Glad to see a House group here. I started watching the show just because I thought it would be interesting. I actually thought it might be a little like Quincy (if anyone's even heard of or remembers that show!).

But now, in addition to the great writing, great acting, and the important issues they raise, I love the fact that House's atheism comes up directly pretty often. It's surprising and wonderful that an openly atheist character is so popular in the US!

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