Hopefully most of our readers are familiar with the television program Mythbusters — if not, I envy you for the many hours of enjoyable viewing you have ahead of you. On the show, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman tested the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos, and news stories. Though the show has ended, Savage continues to answer viewer questions, and here he tackles an interesting one about how they approached testing ideas that “had no basis in science.”
As Savage explains in the video below, the phrase “no basis in science” is meaningless, as science is not a compendium of knowledge, but rather a process we can use to help understand the truth. It’s a good reminder in an age where science is being both lauded and delegitimized. It’s also interesting to hear how they were able to break down big, seemingly unapproachable questions into testable propositions.