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Why Do You Make People Look Stupid?

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Published on Mar 17, 2012

Raw interviews: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dcw98...
The question has arisen often enough that I thought I'd answer it. If you hold views that are consistent with the majority of the population, does that make you stupid? I don't think so. Science has uncovered a lot of counterintuitive things about the universe, so it's unsurprising that non-scientists hold beliefs inconsistent with science. But when we teach, we must take into account what the learners know, including their incorrect knowledge. That is the reason a lot of Veritasium videos start with the misconceptions.

Want to read my PhD? You can download the full text here: http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/pdfs/r...

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