Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

February 18, 2008

Richard Feynman: Cargo Cult Science

Filed under: culture, science — Tags: — codesmithy @ 11:36 am

Richard Feynman was an American physicist and Noble Prize winner.  He is also known for his work investigating the Space Shuttle “Challenger” disaster for which there is an upcoming movie highlighting his roleCargo Cult Science is an adaptation of 1974 Caltech commencement address.  Within it we see themes of what Feynman feels science is all about, and the nature of knowledge and understanding.  We also see some of his frustrations with lax thinking, and those who fall short of a scientific standard yet have the audacity to call what they do “science.”  The speech foretells some of the issues that would be at heart of his investigation in the space shuttle disaster and the problems that he would see.


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  1. […] On a more depressing note, Schooler’s thinking is apparently so profound that they no longer want to limit it to Canada. He is now at University of California at Santa Barbara.  Right, the United States doesn’t have enough stupidity, so we have started importing it just like we have done for everything else.  America let’s welcome Jonathan Schooler, a person who exemplifies cargo cult science. […]

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