Great Mythconceptions: The Science Behind the Myths

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2006 - Science - 224 pages
As a celebrity scientist with regular weekly radio and television programs in Australia and the United Kingdom, Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki has heard a galaxy full of questions related to modern science.

Do lemmings actually jump off cliffs? (They don't.) Did we really go to the moon? (Of course.) Does chocolate give you zits? (Never has. Never will.) Did Einstein fail school? (Nope.)

Dr. Karl has labeled this endless stream of questionable queries Great Mythconceptions. Now, in his book of the same name, the good doctor seeks to set inquisitive minds straight on the most intriguing questions he's been asked.

Does the soul weigh 21 grams?

Can you apply a mathematical code to the Bible to predict future events?

Do we really use only 10 percent of our brain?

Does a duck's quack echo?

Can mosquitoes really infect you with the AIDS virus?

The funny facts and dizzying discoveries in Great Mythconceptions answer countless questions that have been asked for years. The book also features humorous black-and-white illustrations that reinforce each revelation. Each section concludes with bonus tidbits that delve deeper into related aspects of each question.


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Karl Kruszelnicki offers conjecture about Doctor MacDougall's report.
Doctor MacDougall reported a force being lifted off a body when a person dies. MacDougall contained all the content and yet
something like 21.3 grams lifted from the bodies, and varied among the bodies.
Karl Kruszelnicki cannot make a meaningful claim without doing his own test.
The Measurements were still made, so how can Karl Kruszelnicki say no weight is recorded while not doing a test. That is pure conjecture.
Clearly some was recorded, and the amount varied. Nothing short of a competing test by qualified individuals like Doctor MacDouglall,let us say, repeated in a current setting on film with a timer.
Karl Kruszelnicki offers no empirical test results, speculation is not effective against data.
No useful scientist would spread pure conjecture. This sounds like smear campaigning .
Doctor MacDougall was not searching for a soul, he was just doing research. If you read the actual report then we must recognize the astonishment in his words. This implies real objectivity from MacDougall.
The conclusions about this being the weight of a soul is only a natural conclusion of those who found out about it.

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Scientist Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki is a renowned author and commentator on Australian radio and television. Known as Dr. Karl by fans, he writes a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald on scientific "mythconceptions." In 2002, Harvard University awarded him the Ig Noble Prize for his research on belly button lint.

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