Oregonians for Rationality
in the Children's Pavillion
To see or not to see, that is our question.
at end of last day
the month of August, explorepdx will be developing
pages that explore possibilities for improving understanding of the simple
concepts that underlie modern science and technology. We will focus
especially on the displays in the O4R booth at Da Vinci Days, July 18-20,
2003 -- the meaning and the mysteries of what was seen and experienced
Please send your ideas, questions, answers, suggestions, postings, etc, etc. to explorepdx:
Da Vinci Day, 2003
Numbered exhibits, 2003
|1||The Cantankerous Cube, 5X5X5||14||Arrange the athletes (or ellipses)|
|2||The Deceptive Cube (Mikusinski's)||15||Outline the figure in the dots|
|3||Monty Hall -- Which box is the prize in?||16||Six pieces go into a little orange box|
|4||The Human Kaleidoscope (solipsism simulator)||17||Cut a card to make the shape|
|5||Magic of the Mind by Jerry Andrus||18||See like a gnat -- stereoscopic Si model|
|6||Checkerboard and Dominos||19||Find the order in a dozen dots (some are random)|
|7||Make a cube -- outside colored, inside white||20||See like a giant -- stereoscopic Tetons|
|8||Make 27 little cubes from one big one.||21||Are there 16 or 18 dots in the pattern?|
|9||Orange plastic cube (meant to be Soma, sorry!)||23||Pareidolia|
|10||Soap filmsby George Andrus||24||Paradox box|
|12||The String Thing (String FX)||25||Julesz tiles|
|13||Wason's card selection puzzle||27||Magnetic fields|
|XX||Vampire Mirror||28||Which box is really heavier?|
is not what it seems at first glance
Click on a step to discover what you can see from it that you can't see from lower down.
for a better view
science is seeing a lot of kinds of errors we never realized we
Doing science is avoiding those errors.
making new science?
It helps if we understand why we make such errors.
results of opinion poll, July 18-20, on science and pseudoscience:
|Loch Nesss monster||2||0||8||3|
|shroud of Turin||2||3||1||2|
|life after death||0||2||1||3|
|black holes in space||10||0||0||0|
The following small posters were scattered
about the booth
They identify the above hypotheses which actually come from science.