Psychology Today says we’re not completely nuts

Published November 16th, 2015 by Bobby Henderson


There’s an interesting article about us at Psychology Today.

Some of this may have been due to timing — first there was the news about Lindsay Miller’s successful efforts in wearing a Colander in her Massachusetts license photo, and then shortly after, the terrible news of the Paris terrorist attacks.

Mr. Noise in his article is looking at our light-hearted activities and thinking about what, if any, relevance our antics have in more serious matters, in particular the secular world’s struggle against religious extremism.

Which brings us back to Miller and her colander. Talking to a television reporter with her spaghetti strainer proudly placed upon her head, she may not come across to casual observers as reason personified. But first impressions can be deceiving. Pastafarianism is indeed a weapon in the arsenal of reason, a rebuke of religions that rationalize violence, treat women as property, and promise eternal rewards to those who take innocent lives. The FSM apparently disapproves of such things.

Of course, fundamentalist religion would disapprove of Miller and Pastafarianism as well, and the most extreme of fundamentalists would treat Pastafarians pretty much as they treated the staff of Charlie Hedbo in January and other residents of Paris on Friday night.

[The full article can be found here. It’s a good read.]

Interesting analysis, but I’m not sure that any Pastafarian activities have such clear (and noble) motivations, and it is alarming to think what extreme fundamentalists may like to do to us for any perceived mockery.

I feel it is a basic human right to poke at any institution/ideology, and any institution/ideology that holds itself above criticism is one at odds with the modern world.

That said, I think Pastafarianism is at its best when it’s good-humored, and at its worst when it becomes hateful. (This will not be a venue for inflammatory anti-Islam sentiment).

I’m not sure anyone has a great idea of what is the solution to violent extremism. It may need more than “weapons of Reason” to defeat it.

What do you think?

164 Responses to “Psychology Today says we’re not completely nuts”

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  1. Rasputin says:

    Yeah, there is a “Capitaine Birdseye” plus a “Captain Birdseyer”. What’s up?

  2. Captain Birdseye says:

    Rasputin, the Birdseyer is not me, it’s a spam-bot. The Capitaine is me going ‘undercover’ to see if it also imitates.

    • Rasputin says:

      Maybe I’ll call myself “Rustpigeon”. Or Ricepudding.

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  4. Bright_Lights_Big_Zitti says:

    あなたが – just kidding!…

    The best weapon to defeat violent extremism is “Enlightenment Through Humor” (TM). It is fairly common knowledge that humor is a gift only bestowed (intentionally, anyway) on higher organisms. As Homo Sapiens, it is our sworn duty to impart on our brethren this basic truth. How can one not be reduced to howls of laughter by the sight of a jihadist confusing a windscreen switch with a detonator, or calling 17 virgins a “paradise” (RCC notwithstanding)? Yes, we all must do our part as Pastafarians to never, ever fail to point out the ironic foibles, pratfalls and downright knee-slapping faith-based tropes we encounter daily. Personally, I will never rest until I hear those magic words: “And now, ladies and gentlemen, direct from Yemen, award winning comic, you know him… you love him… Mustafa “Chuckles” Ahmeddd…!”


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      Dear BLBZ, your writing is divinely inspired.

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