THE RATIONAL ANIMAL'S FICTIONS: Professor Matteson's peculiar remark!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020

#Punditrysopeculiar:
"De gustibus non est disputandum!" We believe Abraham Lincoln said that.

We thought of Lincoln's famous remark on Monday evening, January 6, 2020.

Shortly after 10 PM Eastern, Rachel was performing her "throw" to Lawrence. Candidate Castro had dropped out of the White House race, and he'd now endorsed Candidate Warren.

As the pair of cable friends chatted, Lawrence offered explosive remarks, with Rachel voicing agreement:
LAWRENCE (1/6/20): The one thing I was not surprised by was this particular endorsement, because knowing that they are all, except one, eventually going to drop out, and knowing that this is one of the most impressive groups of Democrat presidential candidates I've ever seen–

RACHEL: Yes.

LAWRENCE: My favorite question, actually, for all of them who come on the show, "What is the most interesting thing you've heard, best thing you've heard from one of the other candidates?"

RACHEL: That's very smart.
We won't make you read any more of the mandated friendly agreement. That said, Lawrence actually said it, and Rachel seemed to agree:

"This is one of the most impressive groups of Democrat presidential candidates I've ever seen."

Warning sirens began to wail in our sumptuous underground apartments as our youthful analysts started to cry. "That was a subjective judgment—almost a matter of taste," we quickly and thoughtfully told them.

Does Lawrence really think that this is one of the most impressive groups of Democrat candidates he has ever seen? Does Rachel really agree with him?

We don't know how to answer your questions. But everything is possible, and it always will be!

Our own view is somewhat different. We think this is a god-awful collection of amazingly beatable candidates.

That doesn't mean that one of these candidates might not reach the White House. But when we watched the bulk of last Friday night's debate, we were struck by how amazingly beatable these unlikely candidates seem.

Two front-runners are way too old; one is way too young. Another spent several decades claiming to be an American Indian.

That leaves Candidate Klobuchar, coming up on the outside, but lacking the kind of "charisma" (or "command presence") normally associated with candidates who manage to win.

(Candidate Yang still wants to give everyone $1000. That's $1000 per month!)

We think this collection of candidates is preternaturally awful. Still and all, that's a matter of judgment. Others may have different views.

On MSNBC, we're still being told how "exciting" and how "historic" recent events have been. It may be that Rachel's just selling the car, or it could be that she really believes this.

We bring to this the wisdom we're gaining from our recent exchanges with a group of future ancients. Future Anthropologists Huddled in Caves, a group of despondent future scholars, keep telling us that our society's ongoing headlong decline is simply a matter of anthropology—of the insufficient wiring of the human brain.

When it came to maintaining a modern society, we simply weren't up to the task! So these despondent future experts insist on saying, through the peculiar nocturnal submissions the haters refer to as dreams.

Has modern punditry utterly failed? Just yesterday, we took you back some twenty years, to the day when Don Imus—and Lesley stahl—made absolute fools of themselves as they tried to discuss the workings of the Iowa caucuses.

A remarkable set of pundit stampedes were underway at that time. In the last few months, we've seen a similar burst in the remarkable Scripted Group Punditry concerning last Sunday night's Oscars.

Future ancients tells us this about the highly scripted punditry we've heard. Given the way the human brain was wired, discussion of even the most worthy topics was destined to be performed in the dumbest possible manner.

Is it possible that this gloomy anthropological claim is actually correct? Tomorrow, we'll turn to a strange claim by Professor Matteson, a claim advanced in The Atlantic in a discussion of Greta Gerwig's very badly snubbed film:
MATTESON (1/1/20): Among children’s classics, Little Women is virtually unique in its lack of a personified villain. The prevalent reading of the novel is that the chief evil that must be fought and subdued is the flaw in each character’s own breast, whether Jo’s temper, Laurie’s laziness, or Beth’s shyness. While these inner struggles are amply addressed in the film, Gerwig convincingly proposes an alternative reading: A considerable source of pain in Alcott’s world is the disapproving masculine gaze, so often clad in the guise of moral judgment, that can bruise a woman’s self-esteem and steal her self-expression.

Alcott’s novel presents two powerful instances of such criticism. Laurie chides Meg for her attire at a party, which she considers beautiful and he deems immodest; and Professor Bhaer arraigns Jo for publishing lurid stories that he regards as a waste of her talent and that he fears will subvert her readers’ morals. In the novel, these scenes occur far apart, with no obvious linkage. Gerwig has heard the similarities between them; her film makes the two moments rhyme thematically and lingers on the hurt and indignation that the two men heedlessly cause.

What makes Gerwig’s take so notable is that she sees both sides of the situation with equal conviction. Laurie and Bhaer speak in good faith, yet are largely oblivious to the depth of the pain they are causing...
All hail the badly snubbed Gerwig! According to Professor Matteson, she managed to find a reading of Louisa May Alcott's famous though widely unread book which lets us recite a favored claim about "the masculine gaze."

According to the leading authority, Professor Matteson "won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his first book, Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father."

On that basis, we feel sure that Professor Matteson has actually read Alcott's book. For that reason, we were puzzled by his account of the deep pain his fictional colleague, Professor Bhaer, is said to cause in the fictional episode to which he refers.

In search of the depth of the pain to which the actual professor alludes, we've searched and searched through the relevant chapter in Alcott's famous book.

We've found no such occurrence there. Experts claim that Professor Matteson has himself created a "fiction."

In his perpetually best-selling book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Professor Harari says that our war-inclined species, Homo sapiens, conquered all other human species because, though a set of chance mutations, we attained the ability to engage in "gossip" and to concoct, repeat and march to battle under standard group "fictions."

So it has been in the past few months. So it was in the fall of 1999, when some of the most consequential modern group fictions were being shouted from the rooftops by people like Lawrence, Chris and Maureen, supported by a cast of thousands.

No good deed ever goes unpunished! Also, even the most worthwhile values will be pursued in the dumbest possible way!

This is what the future ancients insist on despondently saying. The Oscar punditry of the past few months has struck us as a truly remarkable example of this future ancient wisdom.

It's all anthropology now! Or so these future scholars say. We're just along for the ride.

Tomorrow: Did Alcott have room for the pain?

21 comments:

  1. "Warning sirens began to wail in our sumptuous underground apartments as our youthful analysts started to cry. "

    Meh. Certainly any one of those zombie clowns is capable of following globalist banksters' orders. If Soros&Co is happy with them (and they are, judging by your zombie shows), so should be you and your youthful analysts, dear Bob.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello everyone. I was heartbroken because i had very small penis, not nice to satisfy a woman, i had so many relationship called off because of my situation, i have used so many product which i found online but none could offer me the help i searched for. i saw some few comments about this specialist called Dr OLU and decided to email him on drolusolutionhome@gmail.com
      so I decided to give his herbal product a try. i emailed him and he got back to me, he gave me some comforting words with his herbal pills for Penis t, Enlargement Within 5 day of it, i began to feel the enlargement of my penis, ” and now it just 2 weeks of using his products my penis is about 10 inches longer and am so happy..feel free to contact DR OLU on(drolusolutionhome@gmail.com)or whatsapp him on this number +2348140654426  

      Delete
    2. Herbal Penis Enlargement product is 100% guarantee to Enlarge and get a better ERECTION DO YOU WANT AN URGENT HERBAL CREAM FOR PENIS ENLARGEMENT:CONTACT DR OLU , at drolusolutionhome@gmail.com or WhatsApp : +2348140654426 If You Are Looking For The Best Penis Enlargement Products And You Have: 1. Small Size. 2. Male Low Libido. 3. Male Impotence. 4. Laziness in the Bed. 5. Premature Ejaculation. 6. Cannot Satisfy Your Partner. 7. Or Any Other Sexual Concern. Call or whatsapp +2348140654426 FREE & FAST Delivery














      Herbal Penis Enlargement product is 100% guarantee to Enlarge and get a better ERECTION DO YOU WANT AN URGENT HERBAL CREAM FOR PENIS ENLARGEMENT:CONTACT DR OLU , at drolusolutionhome@gmail.com or WhatsApp : +2348140654426 If You Are Looking For The Best Penis Enlargement Products And You Have: 1. Small Size. 2. Male Low Libido. 3. Male Impotence. 4. Laziness in the Bed. 5. Premature Ejaculation. 6. Cannot Satisfy Your Partner. 7. Or Any Other Sexual Concern. Call or whatsapp +2348140654426 FREE & FAST Delivery

      Delete
  2. "... reading of Louisa May Alcott's famous though widely unread book..."

    Somerby must be trolling with this gratuitous swipe at a book that IS widely read by girls, was a bestseller as a children's book for girls, and has become a classic, never out of print.

    Boys don't read the book. To Somerby, that means no one reads it, by his wording "widely unread". If you aren't male, you apparently don't count in his world.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Somerby looks for the pain caused by the Professor's criticism of her writing. He no doubt did a search for the words "deep pain" and didn't find them, so he concludes Jo was fine with what he told her. As I recall (I will not reread the book just to refute Somerby's idiocies), Jo stopped writing. Anyone who writes knows that it is hard to hear negative remarks about your work, for anyone, but Somerby is playing a game where he will not infer her pain from her giving up writing. He apparently needs to see it written explicitly in the book, or he won't believe she felt bad after hearing the professor's judgment.

    But to back up Matteson's interpretation, there are many studies showing that women lack self confidence due to male hazing and criticism in any number of fields, from math to science to art and literature. Conversely, girls who receive encouragement by their fathers are more likely to succeed in nontraditional careers and business. So Matteson hasn't gone far out on any limb.

    Somerby's denial of something most female readers of the book would understand readily is pretty telling. Telling women that their experience isn't what they think it is, is called gaslighting and it is not only sexist but evil.

    ReplyDelete
  4. "there are many studies showing that women lack self confidence due to male hazing and criticism in any number of fields"

    This is a particularly striking expression of an idea that seems to be common in current feminist thought. It always surprises me, because, to my ear, it seems to come awfully close to saying that women are lacking some of the self-confidence, grit and determination that it takes to succeed in our world...or any version of our world actually capable of producing anything of value. I'm rather skeptical of that devaluation of women (I suspect that women are more likely than men to give voice to their insecurities), but to the extent that there is any truth to it in some women (or other humans), the best we (all of us...parents, siblings, friends, lovers and spouses) can do for anyone showing symptoms of this malady is to tell them that criticism (and even, sadly, hazing), whether from men or other human beings, is a part of the human condition, and success requires some self-confidence and fortitude. In fact, that is what many of us who are parents actually do.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I suspect it's just a mental disorder; persecution complex, or whatever the jargon term is. It's better to avoid agitating them.

      Delete
    2. It’s amazing that there are parents when you consider the ability of the male of the species to emit noxious waves of poisonous testosterone into the environment.

      As we’ve recently learned, this completely negates the female’s ability to enjoy a simple walk down a street or to live a life unfettered by scrutiny and criticism, as men live.

      Delete
    3. Lots of things seem amazing.
      I can't believe how few police officers are shot in this country. The way they treat the public, and with the citizens having 2nd Amendment rights, you'd think the number would be WAY higher.

      Delete
    4. Anonymous 7:58pm, yes, fortunately, despite your predilections, most citizens respect the police.

      Delete
    5. I'm wondering when Jo was ever hazed in the book.

      Delete
    6. 7:58 and Cecelia,
      It's because many citizens love the white supremacy enforcement, the police provide.

      Which, BTW, is also how we got Trump.

      Delete
  5. Jo learns to love the older professor because of his intellectual charms. And he's a good fellow.

    Both of these things fly over the radar now. He's just gotta be a villain.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Not just a good fellow, but a man whose company felt like a glass of wine by the fireplace.

      Delete
  6. I was diagnosed of herpes virus, I have tried all possible means to get cure but all my effort proved abortive, until a friend of mine introduced me to a herbal doctor called Chief Dr Lucky, who prepare herbal medicine to cure all kind of diseases including herpes virus (Herpes), when i contacted this herbal doctor via email, he sent me herpes virus herbal medicine via courier service, when i received the herbal medicine he gave me step by step instructions on how to apply it, when i applied it as instructed i was totally cured from the virus within 3 weeks of usage. Contact this great herbal doctor today to get your cure. 
    Via Email : chiefdrlucky@gmail.com
    Whats App : +2348132777335
    website : http://chiefdrluckysolutionhome.website2.me/    

    ReplyDelete
  7. My husband left me for another woman after one year of our marriage. I needed him back desperately because i loved him so much. I became very worried and needed help. On this faithful day  as i was browsing through the internet, I came across a particular testimony about this good DR IROSI help get ex back fast and stop a divorce or breakup and so on , So I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a (return Love spell) for me. 28 hours later, my husband came back to me crying and begging for my forgiveness. Today I’m so happy and i want to recommend this great spell caster to anyone that truly needs an urgent solution to his or her broken relationships and marriage email him at:(DRIROSISOLUTIONCENTER@GMAIL.COM) Simply contact the great “DR IROSI” If you have any problem contact him and i guarantee you that he will help you., do not cry anymore-contact this powerful spell caster now. Thank you DR IROSI for saving my broken relationships and brought my husband back to me!” email him at: (DRIROSISOLUTIONCENTER@GMAIL.COM) or call/whatsapp him via: +2348118829771.    

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hello everybody, thanks to Dr LOSA the spell caster i am from USA, i don't just Know the reason why some people is finding it difficult to believe that there is a cure for HIV, my son have been suffering from HIV since last three years but today i am happy that he is cure from it with the herbal medicine of Dr DR LOSA the great healer,i was browsing the INTERNET searching for help when i came across a testimony shared by someone on how Dr LOSA cure his herpes i was so much in need of getting his treatment but after all Dr LOSA brought a smile to my son face with his herbal medicine. i am so much happy today that we have someone like this great healer out there, so my people out there kindly contact this great healer on his email address: (dr.losaherbalhome@gmail .com) please sir keep your good work cause there are people out there who is in need of your healing medicine.once more email him now: (dr.losaherbalhome@gmail.com) you can call him OR WHATSSAPP HIM +2349056464736
    DOCTOR LOSA CAN AS WELL CURE THE FOLLOWING DISEASE:-
    1. HIV/AIDS
    2. HERPES
    3. CANCER
    4. ALS
    5. Hepatitis
    6 Diabetes
    7 LOVE SPELL
    8 IF YOU NEED YOUR EX LOVER BACK TO LOVE YOU AGAIN.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hello everybody, thanks to Dr LOSA the spell caster i am from USA, i don't just Know the reason why some people is finding it difficult to believe that there is a cure for HIV, my son have been suffering from HIV since last three years but today i am happy that he is cure from it with the herbal medicine of Dr DR LOSA the great healer,i was browsing the INTERNET searching for help when i came across a testimony shared by someone on how Dr LOSA cure his herpes i was so much in need of getting his treatment but after all Dr LOSA brought a smile to my son face with his herbal medicine. i am so much happy today that we have someone like this great healer out there, so my people out there kindly contact this great healer on his email address: (dr.losaherbalhome@gmail .com) please sir keep your good work cause there are people out there who is in need of your healing medicine.once more email him now: (dr.losaherbalhome@gmail.com) you can call him OR WHATSSAPP HIM +2349056464736
    DOCTOR LOSA CAN AS WELL CURE THE FOLLOWING DISEASE:-
    1. HIV/AIDS
    2. HERPES
    3. CANCER
    4. ALS
    5. Hepatitis
    6 Diabetes
    7 LOVE SPELL
    8 IF YOU NEED YOUR EX LOVER BACK TO LOVE YOU AGAIN.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Am Lizzy Dixon from Canada, I want to quickly tell the world that there is a real online spell caster that is powerful and genuine, His name is Chief He helped me recently to reunite my relationship with my husband who left me, When i contacted Chief he cast a love spell for me, and my husband who said he doesn't have anything to do with me again called me and started begging me to come back. he is back now with so much love and care. today i am glad to let you all know that this spell caster have the powers to restore broken relationship back. because i am now happy with my husband. To anyone who is reading this article and needs any help, Chief can also offer any type of help like, Curing of all types of Diseases, Court Cases, Pregnancy Spell, Spiritual protection and lot's more. You can contact him Via his email chiefdrlucky@gmail.com call or add him on whats-app with his phone number +2348132777335 Website: http://chiefdrluckysolutionhome.website2.me/   

    ReplyDelete