Tech at Night: E-Cigarettes and the WHO Cargo Cult

    Tech at Night

    Richard Feynman liked to tell the story of an island in Melanesia that had an allied airbase during World War II. Cargo planes would regularly land during the war, bringing supply that the locals were amazed at, and were appreciative to have. However when the war was over, the cargo planes stopped coming, and the troops left.

    So what the locals did was to do their best to dress up like the allied soldiers, and go through the motions that they observed happening when a cargo plane would land. This became known as the cargo cult, as they believed that by taking these actions, they could summon a cargo plane bringing its bounty.

    Feynman liked to compare bad science with the cargo cults: all dressed up, going through he motions, and missing the point entirely.

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    The Tea Parties Have Spawned a Cargo Cult

    Promoted from diaries. The legacy media have paid undue attention to Occupy Wall Street (OWS) over the last month, as compared with the early tea parties. New media, on the other hand, have gone nuts over the relatively small, union-led anti-business protests. Unsurprisingly, many analyses of the two groups have tried to find commonality between them. Except for superficial mimicry, despite politicians claiming otherwise the | Read More »

    The Tea Parties Have Spawned a Cargo Cult

    Promoted from diaries. The legacy media have paid undue attention to Occupy Wall Street (OWS) over the last month, as compared with the early tea parties. New media, on the other hand, have gone nuts over the relatively small, union-led anti-business protests. Unsurprisingly, many analyses of the two groups have tried to find commonality between them. Except for superficial mimicry, despite politicians claiming otherwise the | Read More »