It was 30 years ago today that the Breakfast Club met for detention
Stephen Fry: Now, how did the Church of England originally react to Darwin’s theory of evolution?
Alan Davies: Well they weren’t happy about it.
Stephen Fry: (laughs) They weren’t happy about it.
(Dara rings his buzzer)
Dara O Briain: They didn’t get it, I don’t think. Nobody really got it for a while. He delivered it to a meeting of the Royal Society, I think it was, and people just kind of went, “Oh, OK.”
Stephen Fry: That’s true of his original paper, but when he published on The Origin Of Species, it was a massive bestseller.It fact it sold out even before it was printed. And he was a gigantic figure of his time - he was one of only five people not royal to be given a burial at Westminster Abbey. They absolutely understood his greatness. And the surprising thing is the Church were not that worried at all. I specifically say Church of England. But for many years most churchmen had encouraged people to believe that a lot of the Bible was metaphorical, and it’s not literally true. But if there’s anything shocking about it to them, it was that it shows nature doesn’t care.
Dara O Briain: Yeah.
Stephen Fry: The idea of a linear evolution they thought was fine, that might have been part of God’s plan, but the true understanding of evolution also shows that nature is completely horrific.
Dara O Briain: That was the major part of why the Victorians hated because they loved their countryside and birdsong.
Stephen Fry: This is Alexander’s All Things Bright And Beautiful.
Dara O Briain: And instead they’re locked in a vicious struggle for survival where all….
Stephen Fry: All animals are hungry and afraid and they die before they get old and it’s a miserable, hard life.
- QI Series G/7 Episode 6
I think this conversation also illuminates the recent insistence on “Intelligent Design” in some parts of the US. It’s hard for some people to handle the reality, that nature doesn’t give a shit about them - that they are just one of many species on this planet, who might well be wiped off it at some point, if their usefulness in this ecosystem ends, or they make the planet uninhabitable for us. Much better to believe there is some kind of intelligent being, who created all of this, and cares about protecting and cultivating humanity, sometimes at the expense of other species.
The “Fake Geek” is Not The Problem When It Comes to “Fake Geek Girls” (via brutereason)
I just heard from Ace of Geeks, where this was originally published. Looks like it’s getting reblogged all over the place, but the person who originally wrote it, and the site that originally published it, aren’t getting any credit.
That’s not cool, so: http://aceofgeeks.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-fake-geek-is-not-problem-when-it.html
Lately it seems celebrity journalists are obsessed with asking young female stars: “Do you consider yourself a feminist?” Since entertainment reporters need “gotcha!” moments in their interviews to attract viral attention, and since many young stars are not educated about modern feminism and get nervous and often choke on their answers, this makes sense. (Let’s not even get into the fact that I’ve never seen a male celebrity, young or old, asked that question.) The reporters can simply ask an ingenue the question and then back away slowly, watching them wrestle with it. Journalism success. To be fair, feminism, unlike “cartography” or “motherhood” can be a nebulous concept. Definitions vary widely, and there are a lot of unfortunate misperceptions and negative connotations—you can believe you are a feminist, but not know how it fits into your life. How feminism applies to me, a grown woman living in Los Angeles, might be very different than the …
I wrote this for Hello Giggles! Thanks to everyone who asked kids questions on my behalf!
This is taken from the comments, on a recent article about Jennifer Saunders attending hypnotherapy to get herself to finish writing the script for the new AbFab film.
One of the FUNNIEST exchanges I’ve seen in a comment thread, in ages. This is just brilliant.
And I agree with the others - it’s just him. I am very excited about seeing Patsy and Eddie again.
When I die, I want this played at my memorial… preferably with my own personalized lyrics added. :)
Mental illness is such an utter pain in the ass. Because the part the author isn’t writing about, may not even be aware of, is how it agonizes their love, to know the pain their depression causes others. It’s enough to make one feel they should pull away from everyone they care about, or push them away when they won’t allow themselves to be left behind, to avoid visiting the pain of your sadness upon their lives.
After all, why should you want to cause any pain or sorrow, to someone who wasn’t built to endure sorrow, as you were.
Clearly you were the one born with the brain, that has a hard time feeling good, even when good things are happening. You’re the damaged person - why should anyone else have to endure the frustrations of your fucked-up neurology?
Which is why they disappear, only to come back, when they are forced to admit that they’re causing more pain being away, than they cause being present.
One of the bravest things you can do, in this world, is to truly love someone who has a hard time loving life.
(Source: five--a--day, via bowties-and-thugglife)
There was a time when flipping the channel to A&E was like the television version of visiting a museum. Now, sadly, it’s a lot more like visiting Walmart. Here are five reasons why …
"A&E’s Evening at the Improv," that’s the era I miss. In the day, A&E was a premiere place to check out quality stand-up.
In fact, when NBC made the gut-wrenching mistake of cancelling “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” I remember thinking pre-2000’s A&E would’ve been a brilliant spot for the show - talk about one of the best shows about MAKING Art and Entertainment. If only A&E still cared about such things.
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THIS
A: One of my favorite QI experiments.
You just spray some colored sand with Scotchgard repellant. It will not absorb the water, it stays entirely dry, so you get this affect. It’s very cool.
My absolute favorite was when he put cornflour and some water, into a speaker, and pulsed sound through. It looked like tiny people writhing, and trying to escape some kind of hell dimension - or one hell of an orgy.