Critical Thinking

Need a simple exercise to teach the principle of falsification?

I just saw the following video and thought it would make for a great classroom exercise in critical thinking:

 

 

It’s such an elegant way of demonstrating not only the principle of falsification, but also how attachment to our own theories or explanations can distract us from productive lines of inquiry. I’m going to use it next chance I get!

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Dan has a PhD in historical musicology and has taught music history and theory at a major Canadian university. He mainly studies music from the Italian Renaissance when he's not busy performing stand-up comedy or playing JRPGs with his cat, Roy. He occasionally tweets as @incontrariomotu and blogs about geeky stuff at The Otaku Skeptic. He is also the glorious editor-in-chief of School of Doubt.

1 Comment

  1. February 25, 2014 at 3:53 pm —

    I guessed his rule pretty quickly, but this sort of thing IS a classic demonstration. Another good rule would be “always goes up or always goes down”, where people would have to propose a set like “1 3 2”, or further out of the box concepts to try to get the answer.

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