From: "Stuart, Ralph" <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**KEENE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] 9 Year-Old Napa Boy Recovering After Chemistry Camp Accident
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2018 12:48:33 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
Message-ID: 684B84A3-CE5A-4C2A-9B9D-230CAB7A011E**At_Symbol_Here**keene.edu
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> >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
https://io9.gizmodo.com/how-to-make-a-fiery-black-snake-rise-from-the-sand-509974972
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

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859

ralph.stuart**At_Symbol_Here**keene.edu

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