thomchatt3rton wrote:Edrees wrote:thomchatt3rton wrote:First thing Shaq says is that his history books lied to him, and so he's suspicious of other facts as well. That's an interesting aspect of this kind of phenomenon.
Unlike history you can test real science right now and find out for yourself
My point was that public school history books lie- in my day, they definitely preferred myth-making to real history, and the number of ways that that has come back to bite our society in the ass is pretty astounding. This may be another small example of that ass-bitin'.
Science is more "proveable" than history, but thats not the problem. The problem is the lack of rigor, investigation, critical-thinking skills, etc applied when thinking about either subject.
While this is your point(and a good one) it doesn't seem like Shaq's was point was going this far. The earth being round doesn't require much critical thinking to prove, it requires a $40 telescope to observe all the round planets around us, and a basic use of the gravity equation in a middle school physics textbook to prove a round earth is required to balance what you observe with your telescope.
There are better examples to use if you wanna teach the "don't believe things you hear just because" lesson.