Never assume that your mind can’t lie to you.....

By DJ
@Daljinder (22074)
India
May 9, 2016 12:26pm CST
I can only say "FRIGGIN A!!!" The first day I walked into my 10th grade chemistry class, the lights were off. The teacher was waiting at the front of the room, holding a small candle in front of him. The candle's tiny flame was the only source of light in the room. The class murmured a bit, confused and excited. Once we’d all quieted down, the teacher said, “Tell me some of the observations you can make about this candle." We paused for a moment. That seemed a little too easy for chemistry class. "But keep in mind," the teacher added, "that observations are the things you observe. empirically. Inferences are the things you conclude… and inferences can be wrong.” We stared at him, wary now. At last, someone piped up, “Um...The flame is yellow?” “The flame gives off heat." "The wick is burning." "The wax is cylindrical!" The teacher raised his eyebrows at that one. "Are you sure?" We stared harder at the candle, not sure how to respond to that one. It definitely looked cylindrical. The teacher shrugged. Then he put the candle into his mouth and started chewing. The class stared at him. At this point I was wondering if I ought to call the emergency room or something, but the teacher just kept chewing as though nothing was wrong. Eventually, he swallowed, shrugged again, and said, “Actually tastes okay.” As it turns out, the so-called “candle” wasn't made out of wax at all. It was actually just a slice of banana, with an almond slice for the wick. The student’s “wax” statement had actually been an inference. After explaining this to us, the teacher turned on the lights and said, "If there's one thing I want you to learn in this class, it's the first rule of scientific thinking: Never assume that your mind can’t lie to you." And that's the story of how my 10th-grade chemistry teacher swallowed a candle to teach us the first principle of scientific thinking. I am telling you people this page is just awesome. I am absolutely loving it. (Photo by Pixabay)
News Feedapp-facebookCity Of Curiosityabout an hour agoThe first day I walked into my 10th grade chemistry class, the lights were off. The teacher was waiting at the front of the room, holding a small candle in front of him. The candle's tiny flame was the
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
10 May 16
I'm a bit confused - did you write this yourself, or not? Is that your own facebook page? Just being picky, but how could the candle give off light if the wick was an almond slice?
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• United Kingdom
10 May 16
Apparently you can light the almond because it contains oil that will burn for a short time. Personally I think it's nuts.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
10 May 16
@Orson_Kart Lol - nuts it is! However that may be (and I'm sceptical) it certainly wouldn't burn long enough to last through this scenario, nor would it give any appreciable amount of light.
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• United Kingdom
10 May 16
@jaboUK I too am sceptical, and I see she hasn't yet replied. I think for the sake of entertainment it is fine to wax lyrical, even if the wax is a banana.
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@ricki_911 (19751)
• Toronto, Ontario
9 May 16
That is very true. We don't think of this either.
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@Daljinder (22074)
• India
9 May 16
@ricki_911 Perceptions are different for each person.
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@ricki_911 (19751)
• Toronto, Ontario
9 May 16
@Daljinder They are! We all need to realize that as well.
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@nanette64 (17825)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 May 16
Dang, that would have been freaky @Daljinder . Sometimes I think there is a pause between the brain and the eyeballs.
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@Daljinder (22074)
• India
9 May 16
@nanette64 I was gobsmacked too when he ate the candle. LOL But he had left some lasting impression for sure.
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@silvermist (20096)
• India
9 May 16
@Daljinder Now I know you are evil.My mind has been lying to me all these days.
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@Daljinder (22074)
• India
9 May 16
@silvermist There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. And you have finally found it...
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@silvermist (20096)
• India
11 May 16
@Daljinder Yes it does seem like that.
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• United States
9 May 16
Very cool example about perceptions and how these can trick us into believing something when it is NOT what we think it is . . . but what does FB have to do with this post @Daljinder ?
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@Daljinder (22074)
• India
9 May 16
@enlightenedpsych2 Not everything is as we see it. True ! I found this page on fb where cool inspirational stories like this are shared. That is where I found this one too.
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• United States
9 May 16
@Daljinder oh now I understand, ok
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@vandana7 (66816)
• India
10 May 16
Sweetie...what...and I was thinking of coming up with a post about some illusions...Porridge I am really getting nervous at the way our thinking matches...
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@Daljinder (22074)
• India
10 May 16
@vandana7 You should be nervous because it turns out I am a mind reader. I forgot to tell you that. Okay in all seriousness, we already have almost same thought process. This thing is what Dani said we getting "in tune" with each other. Like I was thinking of something and you said the same thing. It has happened on more than one occassion with Dani and me. It only means we are getting to know each other better. So it's a good thing in my eyes.
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@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
9 May 16
Awesome. I loved reading this one, at least someone made my day I find people, their actions, their relationships more intriguing than the mind, despite the fact that mind wanders better. I mean, come to think of it, same you, same scenario, and you react differently today than how you reacted say a year or a month or even a fortnight ago. Same scenario, another person, reaction completely different. I find this more challenging a study at my age.
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@Daljinder (22074)
• India
11 May 16
@thesids It is challenging....
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@Drosophila (16702)
• Ireland
14 May 16
actually I always bank on my mind to play tricks on me.
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@Daljinder (22074)
• India
14 May 16
@Drosophila I think many of us can believe that. We have read all your accounts on that tricky mind of yours.
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@Drosophila (16702)
• Ireland
14 May 16
@Daljinder yep! god knows who I will freak out next xD
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@VivaLaDani13 (21556)
• Perth, Australia
14 Jul 16
@Daljinder That is so awesome! I love this story! Entertaining and has a good message to it!
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@Daljinder (22074)
• India
14 Jul 16
@VivaLaDani13 I loved it too.
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@Corbin5 (112762)
• United States
9 May 16
Mighty fine chemistry teacher! Not many teachers can hold a candle to that chemistry teacher.
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@Daljinder (22074)
• India
9 May 16
@Corbin5 True that! Not a lesson that kids will forget easily too. A good lesson at that!
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