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Elon Musk and Abir Walking in Black Squirrels Forest
THE POWER OF FALSIFICATION
—BEGINNING OF STORY—
E: Why is it called Black Squirrels Forest?
A: Everyone knows there are only black squirrels in this forest
E: How do you know there are no white squirrels in this forest?
A: No one has seen one
E: But this doesn't mean there isn't one
A: Just look around you... black squirrels... black squirrels.. black squirrels... how can you disprove all this evidence? FOLLOW THE SCIENCE!!!
E: All this 'evidence' means nothing... you are just looking for what you want to see ... You just want to be right... you are not really after the truth and your approach is not scientific
A: What do you mean, Elon? Could you stop throwing micro-aggressions in my face? I'm hurt by your comments.
E: Have you heard of Karl Popper?
A: Popper?! Did he invent popcorn?
E: No. He said the best scientific method is to propose an explanation for a phenomenon & then try to find counterexamples to disprove it. The more failed attempts to disprove it, the more likely the explanation is close to the truth.
A: What happens if you find a counterexample to the proposed idea?
E: You throw the idea in the bin where it belongs because it is false, then you look for another idea that provides a better explanation. Oh look!! a WHITE SQUIRREL!!!
A: I can't see it
E: This is called wilful blindness.
A: Another micro-aggression!!!
E: Should we change the name of the forest now?
A: You can do whatever you want. Call it #SWEDEN for all I care...
—- END OF STORY—
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