World's Fair

With its Jack Kirby stylings, I thought this video was worth highlighting.

I’ve been seeing some of these aforementioned attributes a lot lately, when I’ve been to a number of public events on evolution and genetic manipulation in particular. Still, it’s good to see something that tries to lay it out rationally – just in case, I may be guilty myself of being close minded.


  1. #1 tbell
    April 3, 2009

    openmindedness: good
    unwillingness to put your hypotheses to a hard test: bad
    inability to understand valid evidence: super annoying

  2. #2 Brian
    April 3, 2009

    That is great – perfect for the students in one of my courses! The problem is, now I don’t have anything left to teach.

  3. #3 Daniel Shawen
    June 5, 2014

    The pseudoscience named Alchemy gets a bad rap. Isaac Newton himself, while brilliant in physics, was not only a lousy chemist, but also no match to the rigorously scientific demands of what later became the science of chemistry.

    Mendeleev first proposed (from observation alone) that chemical elements seemed to have periodic chemical properties. His idea was met with the same skepticism that most had for Alchemy.

    It wasn’t until the particle physicists, including Pauli, came up with a solid electron configuration based on his exclusion principle, could it be seen that Mendeleev was correct, and why elements naturally organized into periods, groups, etc.

    In this way, induction solves the demarcation problem of Hume and Popper’s philosophies of the scientific method. Alchemy hit a dead end, but through observation and induction, what was previously a pseudoscience actually became a science.

    Hume and Popper’s ideas about removing induction from the scientific method be damned.

    What’s that you were saying about open-mindedness and pseudoscience again?