I’ve been laid up with a nasty disease the last few days, so I’ve not been doing much productive. But I have gotten some TV watching in.

Just in time, too. Has anyone else noticed that House (last night) and Numbers (tonight, in fact, airing this very moment) contain thinly veiled attacks on Intelligent Design, Expelled, and/or Ben Stein?


  1. #1 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    May 2, 2008

    You best get healed. I ain’t about to do no interview with Mr. Hat on the radio.

  2. #2 Steve
    May 3, 2008

    Just watched Numb3rs – great stuff, I thought. “How else would a God reveal himself but through his creation?” Heeh.

  3. #3 Hermagoras
    May 3, 2008

    I saw that on Numb3rs tonight. I loved when Larry was told to choose between “Hitler’s science” and a cult. But I missed House. What was the attack?

    Good on them.

  4. #4 Stephanie Z
    May 3, 2008

    They’re new? They’re pointed? [whimper] I have to wait until the rest of the household can also watch. I love having a DVR, but sometimes delaying gratification just isn’t that…gratifying.

  5. #5 Aerik
    May 3, 2008

    I… ugh… better watch…

  6. #6 Kurt
    May 3, 2008

    Also, Ben Stein was runner-up “worst person in the world” on Keith Olbermann the other night.

  7. #7 Greg Laden
    May 3, 2008

    Kurt: Right, I forgot to mention that!

  8. #8 decrepitoldfool
    May 3, 2008

    The attack on Stein was thinly veiled? I thought it couldn’t have been clearer if they’d turned toward the camera and said; “Yeah, we’re talkin’ to you, Ben Stein!”

    Which is to say, I loved it. Numb3rs is a schmaltzy show but it’s a voice in favor of reason and rationality. As is House.

  9. #9 gbusch
    May 3, 2008

    Caught House the other day and was pleasantly surprised by the slight comment in passing. I was kind of hoping it would be the main theme of the episode but no such luck. Would be interesting to see how Sherlock Holmes would have addressed the (ill)logical position of ID.

  10. #10 Jonathan Vos Post
    May 3, 2008

    “Would be interesting to see how Sherlock Holmes would have addressed the (ill)logical position of ID.” I suspect that it would be funny, but not quite what you expect. My evidence follows.

    “His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothing. Upon my quoting Thomas Carlyle, he inquired in the naivest way who he might be and what he had done. My surprise reached a climax, however, when I found incidentally that he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the Solar System. That any civilized human being in this nineteenth century should not be aware that the earth travelled round the sun appeared to be to me such an extraordinary fact that I could hardly realize it.”

    Watson, describing Holmes in “A Study in Scarlet”

  11. #11 Skemono
    May 3, 2008

    Would be interesting to see how Sherlock Holmes would have addressed the (ill)logical position of ID.

    Hm. Given that Doyle was one of the die-hard believers in the Cottingley fairies hoax, I’m not so confident that Doyle would write Holmes as dismissing ID.