Yep, that about sums it up

This one’s been floating around the intertubes, at least those parts of the intertubes I frequent, for several days now at least. But it’s so good that I just can’t resist posting it myself.

I had no idea John Cleese had a video podcast


  1. #1 Jim
    September 18, 2008

    just after the gene for squandering work time reading blogs……………….

  2. #2 Dean
    September 18, 2008

    “Right next to the gene that makes you go to see Nicholas Cage movies – so that’s another mystery explained.”

    That made it worthwhile.

  3. #3 Ole Blue
    September 18, 2008

    I understand now or is that my genes talking?

  4. #4 Uncle Dave
    September 18, 2008

    Right next to the gene that makes you remember a multitude of Monty Python sketches like the scene in “The meaning of Life” where the administrator Michael Palin walks into the birthing room and says; ahhh, I see you are using the machine the goes PING!

  5. #5 GrayGaffer
    September 19, 2008

    You must know about all his training videos?

    I especially remember “who sold you this, then: from the 70’s.

  6. #6 Joe
    September 19, 2008

    Around 1992, a woman in my lab and I were kidding each other and she told me I was being illogical; I replied that she cannot know about logic since the gene for it is located on the Y chromosome. Without missing a beat she retorted (yeah, it’s right next to the Jerk gene!”

    A couple years later Nature (in jest) asked readers to submit locations of genes on the Y-chromosome. They then published a map identifying genes such as the shopping-suppressor. Of course, that led to hate mail.

  7. #7 Escuerd
    September 20, 2008

    I know it was tongue-in-cheek, but it really does bother me that Cleese’s character confuses causal determinism with genetic determinism. It also bothers me that he asserts that QM has done away with causal determinism.

    It was still cute, though, and as a Python fan, I can forgive these annoyances.

  8. #8 Mary
    September 20, 2008

    Ah, that is a hoot. Thanks for posting it–I hadn’t seen it before.

  9. #9 Felipe Epaminondas
    September 20, 2008

    Amazing video! Thanks for posting it! I will subtitle it to post on my blog too!

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