Proving Science Wrong- Zeno's Paradox

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Proving Science Wrong- Zeno's Paradox

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Date Posted March 31st, 2007
Description With all the crazy things going on in the world, we think what it needs most is a good 'Proving Science Wrong'. This time our sights are locked on the ancient Greek principle, Zeno's Paradox, which is some sort of crazy belief involving heroic leaders and reptiles. Enjoy!

We actually made this awhile ago (while Bree was actually still AT Jonas's!) but Paul was pretty slow in getting around to editing it.

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Proving Science Wrong- Zeno's Paradox is the sixth video in the Paul and Andrea video series.


Paul: Hey guys this is Paul coming to you live from Andrea's room for another exciting episode of Proving Science Wrong, dun-dun-dun-dun! (to self) There's no theme song... Today's victim is the very ancient and very wrong notion known as Zeno's Paradox.

Andrea: Just so you know, I don't even think people still believe in this anymore, but I'm sure that won't stop him.

Paul: Zeno's Paradox basically states that you can never actually outrun something moving ahead of you because there's always an ever-changing midpoint between you two to surmount. Kind of hard for us today to understand, right? Well I don't think the ancient Greeks did either, because they had to illustrate it with a myth starring the hero Achilles... and a tortoise. Now, in order to carry out this experiment, we're going to have to assign parts. So first we have Achilles, who's of course a strong, incredible guy.

(Andrea jumps into the frame)

Andrea: But we don't have anybody here like that, so we're going to use P Monkey.

Paul: (sarcastically) Haha. Wait. Didn't Bree take P Monkey to Jonas's?

Andrea: Yes...

Paul: (upset) You went to Jonas's?!?

(black screen followed by Paul alone on camera)

Paul: As for the part of the tortoise, do we have any takers? (looks around)

(Andrea pops into the screen holding a tortoise)

Andrea: Well, I guess we could use this tortoise I found.

Paul: I guess that will have to do. Before we start, we shoud name him. How about Paul?

Andrea: Anka. His name's Paul Anka.

Paul: Oookayy.

(Paul is now lying on a wood floor)

Paul: Now in Zeno's (air quotes) scientific illustration, a tortoise challenges Achilles to a race. I don't know how, I thought this was science, but he does. Feeling bad for it, Achilles gives him a 10-foot head start, but despite his speed he's never able to catch up. According to Zeno, this is because when Achilles started out, he had a five foot midpoint between him and the tortoise. However, every time he reached that midpoint, it'd be replaced by one half its size, and it'd be another one for him to overcome. This would literally get to the point where there might be a midpoint of two micrometers between Achilles and the tortoise. But even then, after that, there'd still be a one micrometer midpoint waiting in the wings. This could continue on down until you're using Hydrogen atoms as a distance. Now, if you still don't actually understand what we're about to prove wrong, well that's what Wikipedia's for.

(Paul is now outside with the tortoise, which is resting on a blue towel)

Paul: Alright, it appears everyone is in place. As you can see here, our friend will be racing from the point of the towel. That is because, as Andrea's jeans just found out, tortoises don't have very large bladders.

(Andrea is back on the screen)

Paul: Welcome back. Um, anyway. I hope he makes the best of his head start. It's time for the moment of truth -- will Zeno's Paradox hold up?

Andrea: Ready, go!

(Musical montage in which Paul and Andrea try to coax the tortoise forward without much luck)

Paul: Come on Paul Anka. Come on. Eh, that's enough of a head start. Alright, get ready Achilles. He'd better watch out. Because if the Paradox holds true, we're about to let him drift into a sea of infinitely multiplying midpoints. Are we sure we want to do this to him? What a horrible fate! (points off camera) Ready, go!

(P Monkey crosses in front of the camera)

Paul: (speaking to P Monkey, who is now on his hand) Well Achilles, 6,000 years later and I think we can offically say that Zeno's Paradox is officially busted. Took long enough.

Paul: (to camera) Well, that's all the time we have today for Proving Science Wrong. Hope you tune in next time when we do something... hopefully not involving animals (looks at the tortoise).

(Paul holds up the tortoise)

Paul: Even though he lost, I wouldn't worry too much about it because in life.. I hear it's turtles all the way down.

(Cut to tortoise crawling on a copy of A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking)