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    Applause for seeking to bring science, or at least aspects of science, to a wider audience. Now, in the traditions of science, here is the critique.

    1. You assert that there is a myth believed by many people that hair grows thicker on shaving. Firstly, this is - in my experience - not a commonly held view. Secondly, and more pertinently any who do believe it - again in my experience - mean that more hairs grow, not that individual hairs become thicker.
    2. Education simplifies and presents individuals as inventors of specific items. That is the more important myth. It would have been worth mentioning that few inventions are down exclusively to the individuals celebrated for those inventions. (You now have a subject for your next video.)
    3. It scares me that people still think there is no gravity in space, so good job on that one. (And blessings to the person(s) who introduced talking about micro-gravity rather than zero-G.
    4. To counter the claim that you can see the Great Wall of China from the moon, I often remark that "Not a lot of people know you can see the moon from the Great Wall of China."
    5. A the 10% of the brain canard. I would have preferred the explanation focus on the the fact that not all parts of the brain are active simultaneously. I also doubt the assertion that we don't understand what 90% of the brain does - and are you sure neurons really only account for 10%?
    6. Napoleon was arguably short for a world leader.
    7. People who do not understand the importance of metaphor are likely to believe Newton's apple story without thinking. (On the other hand I do believe that Joules spent his honeymoon measuring the temperature difference between the top and bottom of waterfalls. I'm not sure whether he or his wife were on top.)
    8. Mickey Mouse. (That wasn't a comment.)
    9. I challenge your interpretation that Shakespeare did not write Hamlet, but merely a version of an old Scandinavian story. That is stretching meaning to beyond breaking point. He wrote Hamlet, an interpretation of an old Scandinavian story. Was the story original? Of course not. There only are ten stories in the whole world.
    10. You did nothing to dispel the Flat Earth myth.


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    Thank you so much for taking the time to watch the video and giving such a detailed feedback!

    - A lot of people I have spoken to believe in both, the thickening and growth of more hair on shaving. I should probably start doing a poll when we have a wider audience.
    - I read a couple of articles, including one from scientific american which suggested that neurons make up 10% of the brain cells. Going forward I'll try to confirm such information from appropriate scientific papers.
    - I think I said Shakespeare did not write the 'story' of Hamlet. I think I should have phrased that better!
    - Didn't feel that the flat earth myth needed much dispelling. But who knows if someone from the flat earth society might be watching it

    I absolutely love your point on how education simplifies and presents individuals as inventors of specific items.
    Will surely write a script around that and make a video. Maybe not next thursday, but sometime soon for sure

    Thanks a lot again!

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    I think that the Myth of the Flat Earth is more common than the myth that the earth is flat. You should do one on that.
    Myth of the Flat Earth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    I think you're right. I wanted to have the flat earth society at #1, just because of how ridiculous their theory is.
    But the myth of the flat earth is a great topic for another video!
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    I fail to see the point of your Shakespeare "myth busting".
    Why single out Hamlet?
    Troilus and Cressida didn't originate with him, nor did King Lear, or Macbeth, or Othello or...
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    Kudos for the video, I found it enjoyable and a little thought provoking about some of our preconceptions that we can all sometimes take for granted. I think sometimes it can be useful to challenge the things we think we know. I've heard the "We only use 10% of our brains" comment so many times and I always thought this seemed a little odd that it should be such a case.

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    I've actually heard the shaving thing quite a bit. There was no talking my ex out of it, for example. Then again, there was no talking her out of a fundamentalist Pentecostal creation story, either. So...
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    ... you can see the Great Wall of China from the moon, I often remark that "Not a lot of people know you can see the moon from the Great Wall of China...
    I can get on the number five bus and be at the Great Wall in 20 minutes! What do you think of that!?

    It's not for nothing that I call myself 甘肃人! (Gansu Person)

    Now all I want to know is which bus do I take to get to the Moon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    I fail to see the point of your Shakespeare "myth busting".
    Why single out Hamlet?
    Troilus and Cressida didn't originate with him, nor did King Lear, or Macbeth, or Othello or...
    It's been said that a good writer borrows; a great writer steals.
    And what does the Lord require of you but to love justice, to be merciful and to walk humbly with Him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
    I think that the Myth of the Flat Earth is more common than the myth that the earth is flat. You should do one on that.
    Myth of the Flat Earth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The amount of times I have heard this is ridiculous. It is peddled quite a lot in educational institutions as well, to think people have such an ignorance of medieval and classical history.
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