> >Why do folks feel that there is a perceived need to do flames and explosions in the name of "science"?
I have been ruminating on this question for a while and suspect it has something to do with gaining authority through magic. However, this story has led me to a new angle. After reviewing the incident, someone pointed out that a web site at
that describes this procedure leads off with:
"Ever wanted to make a glowing black snake rise up out of the sand? All you need is sand and a few kitchen ingredients ‰?? and the ability to either temporarily disable smoke detectors at home or keep a look out for the authorities in public."
I have trouble getting my head around the idea that science-like demonstrations involves avoiding safety measures and/or the authorities. I think that that caveat to the description is a sign that it isn't science that's involved.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
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