Monday, October 20, 2014

Science, Magic, and a Wee Bit of Epistemology from Plato's Meno

6-year-old Sam in the tub with baby-bath bubbles accumulating....

Sam: Dad, why does the water [coming out of the spigot] pop the bubbles [beneath it]?

Me: I don't know exactly.  But you should ask a chemist if you want to know.

Sam: Oh.  But how do you know a chemist knows if YOU don't know why water pops the bubbles???

Me: Good question.  Even though I don't know all that chemists know, I know WHAT THEY DO.

Sam: Oh.  They must know about magic.

Me: Most everything is magic if you think about it.

1 comment:

  1. Sam's clearly a pretty intelligent dude. At 6 years old, he's already formulated Meno's Paradox. Clearly, he gets his smart genes from his mother. :)