The Intersection

This hit my inbox last night, and after a week that left Scienceblogs reeling, it’s a much needed reminder that we all ought to stop taking everything so seriously and laugh at ourselves too now and then. I don’t know who made this, but atheist, agnostic, or spiritual at all, it’s absolutely hilarious! Listen for mention of expletives, framing, and references to that ridiculous new movie. PZ’s already got it up at Pharyngula, and look out for Darwin raising the roof at the end!


  1. #1 carl
    March 29, 2008

    best thing ive ever seen on youtube! I’m so glad you and PZ are cool enough to laugh at this. you’re my two favorite blogs!

  2. #2 steppen wolf
    March 29, 2008

    that was some serious work!

  3. #3 Paha Arkkitehti
    March 29, 2008

    Sheril, I really hate being salt in your wounds but really – is this not just the same old – it is against the very idea Matt and Chris were critizing last week and now you are to bring it up once again?

    And another point – things are a bit bigger, Sheril, than your being in Scienceblogs. It is not a parody of Scienceblogs at all. You left the playground last week, I think it is now a bit weird that you are looking over the fence….

    Taking it together with the I think this matter is looking.. well, lets just drop it. But you’ll sure get more blog-hits having the video here. 😉

  4. #4 Fred
    March 29, 2008

    Lighten up Paha. Sheril’s pointing out how ridiculous these flame wars get. In perspective, sometimes it’s so silly, we can only laugh together.

  5. #5 Paha Arkkitehti
    March 29, 2008

    Fred –

    sure. I just can not understand how some people were asked – and there was nothing silly about that – to shut up. I see them doing pretty good work all the way, and now they are getting attention here as well. I just don’t follow it..

  6. #6 Susan
    March 29, 2008

    I most definitey agree with both you and Fred. Some lighter-hearted humor does wonders for the rejuvenation of the ‘science soul’. Try it Paha.

  7. #7 Anna K
    March 29, 2008

    *snuuuuuurk guffaw*


  8. #8 Paul W.
    March 29, 2008

    This Controversy HELPS Ben Stein, People


  9. #9 Marc Buhler
    March 30, 2008

    Paul W. – *nothing* could help Ben Stein.


    (fwiw – note my surname!)

  10. #10 PhysioProf
    March 30, 2008

    Your new plan for laughing at yourself involves censoring comments that poke fun at you? I guess it’s just we that are supposed to “stop taking everything so seriously”.

  11. #11 Jon Winsor
    March 30, 2008

    Wow someone spent a lot of time on this. Nice work, whoever did it.

    This video is an interesting Rorschach test, given the conversation we’ve had over the past few days here. Interesting to read through PZ’s commenters. Half of them don’t seem to pick up the irony. Then there are some who do, but then they suspect that it’s creationist. I guess “you’re either with us or you’re with the creationists.”

    I don’t know if these commenters are representative of the ones we’ve had on this blog recently. But if they are, I think it says something that PZ thinks they represent some sort of sober judgment on Chris and Sheril’s work.

  12. #12 PhysioProf
    March 30, 2008

    This “everybody needs to lighten up” post reminds me of an incident that occurred when I was about 12 years old, and my aunt just had a baby.

    We were in the baby’s room, and the baby was on the changing table. I opened a drawer, and the baby reached her hand down near the opening of the drawer.

    The thought occurred to me that she could hurt herself in the closing drawer, so I said to my aunt, “The baby shouldn’t open drawers, she could hurt herself”. My aunt said to me, “But you are the one who opened the drawer.”

    That incident was very instructive, and has stayed with me all these years.

  13. #13 Anon
    March 30, 2008

    Your new plan for laughing at yourself involves censoring comments that poke fun at you? I guess it’s just we that are supposed to “stop taking everything so seriously”.

    Well, you used the f-word PhysioProf, and we know how they feel about that!

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