Friday, July 22, 2005

Perhaps they told you that science wants to reduce their life to simple laws.

The Guardian's Bad Science column is the highlight of my Thursdays, debunking the pseudoscience that gets passed off on the gullible by what columnist Ben Goldacre memorably called "New Age moron-fleecers". What's the dumbest thing anyone's ever said to you about science at a party?

Last week, I was at a party and somebody starting telling me that the theories produced by science would be different if it had been done by women. I asked her whether she thought Newton's three laws of motion might have turned out differently if he had been a woman, and she said yes, of course. I asked her how, exactly, she thought that Newton could single-handedly change the fact that acceleration of a body is proportional to the force acting on it, divided by its mass? And she walked off.

Full article here.

1 comment:

skipsaw said...

This quote comes from major league baseball player Carl Everett - "an Apostolic Christian who believes that the Bible, interpreted literally, is the infallible authority on all matters".

"God created the sun, the stars, the heavens and the earth, and then made Adam and Eve," Everett said. "The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can't say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Someone actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus rex."

What about dinosaur bones?

"Made by man," he says.
BTW, Riona - my October marathon bid is officially kaput due to a patella-femural injury I incurred about a month ago. No marathon for me this year. :( Maybe next. Be careful out there. And if you feel an jury coming on, give yourself a break.

- Skip S.