Here’s a charming story:

A math professor at Michigan State University allegedly stripped naked, ran naked through his classroom and screamed “There is no f*cking God!” before police apprehended him, according to several reports.

The professor’s name has not yet been released, but online, students said he was “eccentric,” and that they “could probably have seen this coming.”

A Redditor shared a grainy cell phone picture of the man in a hallway at the university as authorities restrained him.

Another user, TheCookieKing shared more details:

Background story: I was in Calc 1 at Michigan State University, and my teacher was always pretty eccentric, but today he went overboard. Half way through class, he started screaming at us — swearing left and right. He then started slamming his hands on the window and pressing his face against it, still screaming. Eventually he walked out and down the hallway to the end, all while screaming. He then came back into the classroom and took off his clothes, except for his socks. You know someones crazy when they leave their socks on lmao. At this point everyone in class ran out. We were literally scared for our lives. The police took about 15 minutes to get here, and during this time he continued walking around screaming.

On behalf of everyone who has ever taught Calc 1, let me just say, “Been there!”


  1. #1 The Phytophactor
    October 3, 2012

    Trying to teach calculus to undergrads would drive just about anyone crazy.

  2. #2 david
    October 3, 2012

    “There is no f*cking God!”

    Of course not. If there was a “f*cking God,” then there wouldn’t have been a virgin birth.

  3. #3 ftfkdad
    October 4, 2012

    mental illness is just not a humorous topic, sorry.

  4. #4 WcT
    October 4, 2012

    Assuming the name that I’ve seen elsewhre on the interwebz is accurate, I took a calculus class from this professor in college. It’s always sad to see mental illness affect people you respect professionally, and a warning that it can happen to anyone.

  5. #5 eric
    October 4, 2012

    mental illness is just not a humorous topic, sorry.

    Its also not appropriate to use it to try and tar atheists as a group – or any other group, for that matter. Which, dollars to donuts, some fundie will now do.

  6. #6 MNb
    October 4, 2012

    “scared for our livesa”
    Because of those socks?!

  7. #7 dean
    October 4, 2012

    What is truly unfortunate is that an on-line “newspaper” here in MI has posted a picture, taken by a student with cellphone, of the naked professor sitting in the hallway.

  8. #8 Blaine
    October 4, 2012

    I would have expected this of a logician…reminds me of the philosopher who killed himself when he realized he didn’t have free will.

  9. #9 Harvey R
    October 4, 2012

    I’m happy to see you didn’t add ” . . . done that!”

  10. #10 JimR
    October 5, 2012

    What we need to take away from this story is the need to learn how to identify signs of mental health decline. It has taken me years to learn to detect mental decline in the elderly and it can only be accomplished with close, repeated contact over time.

    This man had mental health problems, but he was lucid since he determined that, “There is no f*cking God!”.

  11. #11 GeoJim
    October 5, 2012

    Who says integrals are boring?

  12. #12 Xuuths
    October 5, 2012

    Umm . . . I have an alibi.

    Oh wait . . . I’m not a math professor.

    Never mind . . .

  13. #13 Xuuths
    October 5, 2012

    I thought about a joke related to long division (or perhaps if it were an English professor, about dangling participles), but decided against it.

  14. #14 Collin Brendemuehl
    October 16, 2012

    If there is no morality — no foundation whatsoever — then why would anyone be upset about a potential link between atheism and such behavior? Like Nietzsche there was an attempt to be consistent.

  15. #15 GeoJim
    October 16, 2012

    Mr. Brendemuehl, I always enjoy your unintended non sequiturs.

  16. #16 Collin Brendemuehl
    October 17, 2012

    Then perhaps you missed Jason’s earlier discussions of moral foundations and evolution. All I am doing is contextualizing.

  17. #17 Valhar2000
    October 17, 2012

    If there is no morality — no foundation whatsoever — then why would anyone be upset about a potential link between atheism and such behavior?

    If there are no pink elephants, why would anybody be upset by pickled herrings?

  18. #18 MNb
    October 17, 2012

    “… by pickled herrings”
    Of the red variety? Not that I’m upset – certainly not by someone who rather deserves pity than scandal.

  19. #19 Collin "Cheesehead" Brendemuehl
    October 17, 2012

    Is it really so hard to see the results of the absence of theism as noted by Nietzche?

    “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”

    Besides, I like my herring in oil. You may cling to your red ones.

  20. #20 GeoJim
    October 18, 2012

    So Nietzche feared that we would lose our moral compass without the concept of God, just like you & every other religious minded person. The quote isn’t evidence for anything except a factoid of N, & you I suppose. Progress has been made in evolution & in evolutionary causality of the mind since N’s lifetime. What’s your excuse?

  21. #21 Collin Brendemuehl
    October 18, 2012

    Sure. Go right ahead in your private ‘festival of the mind” without questioning things like directionality/teleology and all the other plainly religious concepts that permeate a supposedly secular science.
    There is much more here. I just hope you are able to recognize it for what it is. And with that I say adieu.

  22. #22 eric
    October 19, 2012

    If there is no morality — no foundation whatsoever — then why would anyone be upset about a potential link between atheism and such behavior?

    GeoJim and Valhar got it right, this is a complete nonsequitur. Humans ‘get upset’ at a lot of things that have nothing to do with morality. Do you think that, absent some God, we would all be Spocks or something?

  23. #23 GeoJim
    October 19, 2012

    Mr. Brendemuehl –
    It seems that you presume much with as little evidence. You introduced yet another non sequitur & declared no one else gives it the attention it deserves, all in one outburst. Impressive.

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