If You Really Want to Know, You Go to Science

[I]magine you want to know the sex of your unborn child. There are several approaches. You could, for example, do what the late film star ... Cary Grant did before he was an actor: In a carnival or fair or consulting room, you suspend a watch or a plumb bob above the abdomen of the expectant mother; if it swings left-right it's a boy, and if it swings forward-back it's a girl. The method works one time in two. Of course he was out of there before the baby was born, so he never heard from customers who complained he got it wrong. ... But if you really want to know, then you go to amniocentesis, or to sonograms; and there your chance of being right is 99 out of 100. ... If you really want to know, you go to science.


Sagan uses the example of a watch swinging over an expectant mother's belly to determine the sex of a fetus.

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 Wonder and Skepticism
Periodicals>Magazine Article:  Sagan , Carl (1995), Wonder and Skepticism, Skeptical Enquirer , (Jan-Feb 1995), 19, No. 1. , Retrieved on 2012-06-21


01 MAY 2013

 Science VS Magic

Magical thinking is nothing compared to the power of what science can accomplish in reality.
Folksonomies: science religion culture magic
Folksonomies: science religion culture magic