Crazy Watering Can

This is  a video based on Bertrand Rusell’s teapot. He suggested a thought experiment:

If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes.

But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense.

If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.

The claim of the existence of the teapot would be dismissed by nearly everyone because of its absurdity. Russell went on to ask ‘Why are we wrong to dismiss God if we find the existence of such equally as absurd?’. Nobody would believe the teapot to be there without evidence, we feel the same way about deities.

This video was done as a homework project. Great idea, and fitting song. Great Job!

Crazy Watering Can from vania heymann on Vimeo.


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