Ant McPartlin has completed the collection of primary data for his doctorate in philosophy, following 10 years of intensive, qualitative-based field work. The popular entertainer will now write up his thesis on ‘Rationality versus emotion: a false dichotomy?’, before heading to the jungle for I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here in November.
‘The dominant paradigm in Western philosophical thought traditionally counterposes reason and passion but that’s a crock of shite’, revealed McPartlin. ‘Yes, rationality and emotion are uniquely different aspects of the mind, but my argument, building on the traditions of Sartre, Heidegger and all those existentialist guys, is that the two are fundamentally connected’.
McPartlin has gathered data from over 3,000 participants in their normal environment, whether that be swallowing a sword, or doing sock puppetry with their feet. ‘Epistemologically, I’m a social constructivist’ he noted, ‘but unusually, I’m deploying a highly structured research instrument. It’s been a gruelling process. Everyone, without exception, has been asked exactly the same question: how, exactly do you feel at this moment; and what, exactly, does this mean to you?’.
‘The emerging results are interesting’, continued McPartlin. ‘There seems to be this artificial disconnect people express to me between reason and emotion – they can’t believe the situation they’re in, but it’s everything they ever wanted. The exception was a dancing dog, who I actually had to disconnect from rubbing up against my leg’.
Mcpartlin has been helped throughout by his research assistant Declan Donnelly, who will code up and analyse some of the data. Donnelly will start his own doctorate later in the year entitled ‘Credibility: enhanced or undermined by the consumption of sheep testicles on live television?’