Friday, March 7, 2008

Friday fun: The Onion Gets It

The people who produce The Onion, "America's Finest News Source", really get it. Their preposterously funny, entertaining, cutting satirical pieces invariably get to the heart of the topic, exposing bumpkin, spin, absurdity and the folly of the human condition along the way. Indeed, some of their articles do a better job of dealing with contentious issues than much longer non-satirical works. (Take how brilliantly they've exposed Creationism: "Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity With New 'Intelligent Falling' Theory", "I Believe In Evolution, Except For The Whole Triassic Period" and "Kansas Outlaws Practice Of Evolution", among others).

Anyway, to come to this week's Friday fun, a wonderful article on pseudoscience, entitled "Rogue Scientist Has Own Scientific Method":

"TALLAHASSEE, FL—Only months after abandoning a tenured position at Lehigh University, maverick chemist Theodore Hapner managed to disprove two of the three laws of thermodynamics and show that gold is a noxious gas, turning the world of science—defined for centuries by exhaustive research, painstaking observation, and hard-won theories—completely on its head.

The brash chemist, who conducts independent research from his houseboat, has infuriated peers by refusing to "play by the rules of Socrates, Bacon, and Galileo," calling test results as he sees them, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary..."
(Read the rest of the article).

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