Anne Jongeling Interview with Eric Kaplan About “Does Santa Exist”

This is a very good interview — it was conducted in English and published in Dutch. I ran it back through google translate and now I sound I feel I sound sort of Asian.

Here it is:

Eric Kaplan is the author of the popular series The Big Bang Theory and co-executive producer. He studied philosophy at Harvard University.

His is just the philosophical book Is Santa? appeared. But how to write comedies relate with university educated philosopher?

“I felt guilty about it first. Once I was so serious, I thought, and now I make up silly lyrics and plot twists,” said Kaplan in conversation with NU.nl.

In Santa exist? Kaplan will continue looking for ways out of this dilemma and seeks personal answers to the big questions: when we die, what is life worth? Is there a God? Is there a Santa Claus?

You best have a powerful position in Hollywood. Why do you have chosen for the book to make your point?

“I’m crazy When writing The Big Bang Theory we are on books. With a whole team of people, but writing a book, I just. Do it for me is a simple, direct, sincere way of communication between me and the reader, and I love it. ”

Humor find essential. Can you say something more about that?

“I think humor is important, it is a powerful weapon and it is for me also a tool My personality has a many sides:. Sometimes I blaak confidence and sometimes I feel little ones I can be very nice but also very critical Humor.. is a forgiving way to buy all these different properties for a place at the table. ”


“There are times when I wonder how I was and when on earth as confident as I could have something more modest draw me. And sometimes it’s the other way around, I was a mouse I had previously to air my chin stabbing. What is the proper dose of humility or self-confidence is at times remains constant deliberation. ”

Are you as critical of others and in yourself?

“That is all to it. Groucho Marx (comedian, ed.) Said he never wanted to join a club that wanted him as a member. When people like me, I tend to be at their critical because you space get it, you’re in the team. ”

“You can Santa replaced by Jesus Christ or by a socialist ideologue seeking the workers’ paradise.”

Eric Kaplan

In the Netherlands we have no real Santa Claus tradition. How can you explain your book to us?

“I would say that there a Santa Claus? A book that is a general discussion aims about believing and non-believing. Where people believe in Netherlands entail? You can Santa replaced by Jesus Christ or by a socialist ideologue that workers paradise pursues by God or the general goodness of people. ”

“Santa Claus is the man of the presents. Presents is interesting, because you can sometimes be much worrying how you can give someone the most fun gift. Then give that person eg money so that he can buy his favorite gift. But money is not a gift. ”

I meant that you compare Santa Claus in your book with Isaac Luria, the creator of the Tree of Life.

“Isaac Luria was a Jew and rabbi and kabbalist from Israel, and in my eyes he has satisfactorily addressed. A religious problem How do we come to a moral decision correct? Making a wrong decision is bad, but you can sure be forgiven. ”

Forgiveness does not depend on the agreements you make as a human being with each other, as a community, what can and can not pass muster?

“Yes. But what, you’re the last man on earth and you grow a flower. But you neglect the flower and die. Even as the last man on earth can you still your heart go you have to die flower , without an environment there is normative for, morally. There are people who think that morality applies only if you are part of a group and when you pointed out by others mistakes or errors but I do not. think so morality is a matter for the individual. ”

Why does the Tree of Life so much attention in your book?

“It is an approach to philosophy that attracts me, but others I do not want to impose. That imperative tone you hear sometimes when intellectuals who have something discovered and want others to go along with their ideas. That’s me combative, I’m a peace dove – that’s why the Tree of Life to me so much value, it is an inspiration that helps people get a certain individual perspective on their lives, and not Inspiring in groups is the key, coercion is not addressed people… should be able to choose what they want with it myself. ”

You log in your book do you find it so fun to launch a cult.

“Yes, that would be some. But I do want those who are attracted to my cult, itself start a cult, and that I can browse to the other what their ideas are. I do not believe in hierarchy that I find dangerous. ”

Hierarchy is nevertheless given a fairly standard?

“Yes, and I regret that in America you have the expression:.. Every man a king, I say to them:. Every man a cult leader If you believe so passionately in something that you take the trouble to a cult of it, then you want I know that that entails cult I just do not want that cult leader has power over me. I just want to hear what they have to say. ”

The ideas that one has less verbal or creative, cursed another appeal and wham, you have a leader and follower. That’s not so weird?

“I’m skeptical about it. I think everyone is original. Perhaps the must work harder to discover the originality in themselves but everyone is original because everyone has a different background. Are you from Netherlands, then you have your unique experience in Holland, with the landscape, your school, your family I do not know, so if you can explain what your heritage is, you’re original. ”

But not everyone can express themselves that way.

“That’s where Writers example observant regarding their environment, as other people do not have the time to record their environment in this way;.. Who have other priorities Or take players who have the talent to sounds of a guitar have to elicit what others can not. I do not even. ”

Then the circle still around? There are leaders and followers in which the one or the other admires what follows that can or because it knows how to articulate their ideas.

“Maybe, but it need not be hierarchical in theory, many people running around who think they know the truth about heaven, there may be many prophets. We do not have one person torpedo pope Incidentally, I have good. heard things about the Pope, so no bad word about the man, but to choose one I find limiting. who knows walk a hundred of potentially good popes in the Netherlands around. It may be interesting to hear what they have to say are . I’m not saying that the Netherlands should be Pope, but several hundred popes you should be able to pick up anyway. ”

I do not think the Conclave approves the existence of hundreds of popes simultaneously.

“That’s just the point: not everyone has to be accepted by everyone or be nominated.”

But people still need? Icons

“Best, choose only one icon. But the choice should be there. For example, a pope of ecological issues, a pope of folk dances, all popes where people can freely choose from. And if ecology and folk dancing you neither interest , leave them for what they are and choose one of the many other popes. ”

“In all four characters of The Big Bang Theory is something of myself.”

Eric Kaplan

How did you come to the various disciplines to make your point about Santa Claus? It’s philosophy in neuroscience to science to Kabbalah to Buddha.

“I’m moving in a very pragmatic way through life. I devour books because I want to get something out. Is With Santa, I do not give a complete history of human thought, that would be impractical. I’m looking for one goal. I for example, was become interested in Buddhism because I wanted to feel happy and Buddhists as a number of instruments which I thought for: “Gosh, they’re right. ‘”

“Know The psychologists example to explain why people are worried, and because I do I consult with psychologists. So I initially had a very selfish agenda for all topics that are addressed in my book.

The Kabbalah touched me in a similar way, because I always had a problem with the concept of God. How can there be a God given all the suffering on earth, anyway. When I came across the Kabbalah and found an understandable, acceptable answer that. It is a pretty story how can only come from a good source, while there is also evil. ”

How to write comedy relate with university educated philosopher?

“I felt first guilty about it once I was so serious, I thought, and now I make up silly lyrics and plot twists Why am I doing this when I realized that writing comedy was a good hand, -..? Comedy and philosophy both ways to look for the good in life. I feel as attracted to comedy for TV when I felt attracted. to philosophy and Buddhism it increases my spectrum, not only mentally but also emotionally. ”

“I found it difficult at first to understand, that this question of my emotional self. Until I understood that you do not have to be ashamed of your emotions, emotions help you to be a man. That was a valuable insight. For me, writing comedy as a connector between the heart and the mind, which are related as a plug with a socket. Kaboom. and so it is in all four characters of The Big Bang Theory something of myself. ”

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