One of my all-time favorite movie quotes is from the 1997 SciFi comedy Men in Black.
It occurs early in the film, when veteran government agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) sits with newcomer Jay (Will Smith) on a park bench and tries to help him grapple with the knowledge that aliens exist on earth:
‘Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the Universe; Five hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was flat; and fifteen minutes ago you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.’
Now, at least to my knowledge, aliens don’t actually exist on Earth …
But regardless, there is no shortage of bizarre and mysterious episodes on our planet that might compel you to question the validity of things you previously assumed to be ‘fact’.
In my latest From Theory to Practice video (which is a bit different than usual), I explore a piece of research that has the potential to do just that:
Myth and Reality in the Battle Between the Pygmies and the Cranes (Asher Ovadiah and Sonia Mucznik, 2017)
Now, this research deals with a strange tale from ancient mythology that is quite interesting in its own right …
But my larger purpose with this video is to shed some light on the important concept of academic humility.
Give it a watch, and let me know what you think in the YT comments section.
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