Skepticism

Hugh Laurie Bends a Spoon

A clip from “A Bit of Fry and Laurie” in which Laurie shows his amazing powers of spoon bending.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUxWdIQVT_c]

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Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Maybe I'm just too recently dechurched here, but all I can think of is Wednesday evening prayer meetings where everyone is thankful for how God provided them a new car, healed their sickness, and saved their marriage. No reference, of course, to the anonymous donor, the antibiotics, or the marriage counselor.

    Some things I will not miss.

  2. Hugh Laurie was pretty funny on the 3rd and 4th seasons of Black Adder, although it's somewhat offputting to see him speak in anything other than the accent he uses on House. Granted, not as strange as seeing Rowan Atkinson actually being funny. I never did get those Mr. Bean movies.

    His character on House is a fairly skeptical guy (other than his overeagerness to diagnose extremely rare maladies on a weekly basis) I wonder if he shares any of that with his on screen persona. It would be great to have just one visible skeptic in Hollywood to balance out the Tom Cruise/Jenny McCarthy/Will Smith's of the industry.

    unrelated tangent: Did anyone else feel like crying when they found out Jason Lee is a Scientologist? I thought the Kevin Smith connection meant he was a smart guy.

  3. Rebecca wrote:

    They’ve worked with Randi in the past, including this TV special where they positively embarrass an astrologer.

    That psychic (man, what's the deal with that get-up?) got some interesting hits though, retrospectively. "Zany sense of humor…different, eccentric, controversial…speedy, alert, and quick-witted." Give that man a million bucks, post-haste! :-)

  4. Stephen Fry's novel "Hippopotamus" is very entertaining reading and very interesting from a skeptical point of view. It concerns a jaded old poet who is called in to investigate a possible case of faith healing. I will say no more …

    … except that one or two scenes may require a moderately strong stomach …

    … especially one scene with a horse.

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