Investigating the Magic Hooey Stick
After attempting to master the psychic forces of the Magic Hooey Stick, answer the following questions:
- Were you able to make the Magic Hooey Stick respond to your commands?
- Explain the difference between a scientific explanation and a supernatural explanation.
Is one explanation "better" than the other? Explain your position.
- Why is a supernatural
explanation for the motion of the Magic Hooey Stick not acceptable in a science
- Why would some cultures actually prefer one type of explanation over another?
- What is your scientific explanation? How sure are you that your explanation is
the correct explanation? What else could you do to increase the confidence in your
- If someone were unable
to collect scientific evidence to explain how the Hooey Stick works, does this absence
of evidence provide "proof" for the claim that the Hooey Stick operates under influence
of psychic powers? Explain why or why not?
- If someone were able
to develop and verify a scientific explanation for how the Hooey Stick works, does
this necessarily eliminate the possibility of a supernatural cause for your teacher's
ability to make the stick move? Explain.
In a prescientific age an appropriate explanation for the Magic Hooey Stick might
have focused on its mythical origin and some moral lesson or theistic power. Develop
a one paragraph myth that is relevant to some culture (real or fictitious) and does
not attempt to be scientific, but is emotionally pleasing, morally instructive, and