It's rare when a tv show actually teaches. It's rarer still when it illuminates a problem wholly unrelated to its content. Over the last two weeks our house watched through the first season of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (U.S.), and thanks to its worst examples, I believe I finally understand the frustrations of having the Elimnativists' perspective. If you're not familiar with the program, its plot involves Ramsay, an award winning chef and restaurantuer with fifteen Michelin stars to his name, arriving at a failing restaurant and doing his best to cajole, bully, and inspire its owners and staff into turning a profit. Not every attempt is a success, and the single most prominent obstacle to Ramsay's method is the inability of the failing restaurants' chefs to let go of their old menu. Their resistance to changing their menus is more than a habit to these stubborn personalities; it becomes clear from the intensity of the conflict that their menus are the very furniture of their worldview. This is the frustration Eliminativists feel when confronted with the claim that beliefs are rightfully described as “propositional attitudes.” The irritation they experience is the same as Ramsay's when he encounters these problem chefs, and it's written on his face. It's a kind of despair, facing another person's glazed, distant eyes, when they're committed to their own unmititgated failure simply because it's the last thing they can still call “their own”.