Reason 141: He’s a fan of science.
Jonathan Ross: Am I right in thinking that your father was actually a doctor?
Hugh Laurie: He was
JR: Does that help you paying House or is it so far removed that it isn’t even a factor?
Hugh Laurie: It helps in that I have a huge amount of respect for the profession of medicine, reverence almost, for people who study, who work hard, empiricists who examine things, who come up with theories as to why the world is, why the human body is the way it is, and who don’t latch on to easy things but actually work hard to find out the truth. I have a great deal of respect and that probably did help, I mean I came to it with a feeling, er, it’s a pro-science show, a pro-reason show and I came to it with that.-
“I find I am a fan of science. I believe in science. A humility before the facts. I find that a moving and beautiful thing. And belief in the unknown I find less interesting. I find the known and the knowable interesting enough.” — Hugh Laurie
“I am very skeptical, and that has got a lot to do with my reverence for my father and for his belief in the rational, logical, and empirical…” Hugh Laurie
“Yes, I definitely grew up with that. And that made me (I suppose) sympathize with the — Is it left brain or right brain? I don’t know which side it is — But that sort of logical, scientific side of the character (House), which I do greatly admire. For all his cynicism, sarcasm, etc. etc., I love his belief in reason. It is his religion. I definitely got that from my father.- Hugh Laurie
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