He offers as an illustration the widespread skepticism in the physics community toward the possibility of anyone ever building a perpetual motion machine.
The association with “mainstream science” is often weaponized as a way of overawing us and persuading us to stop expecting answers to hard questions.
Mike and Andrew have a good time considering the range of ways in which the preemptive, prepublication review fell short.
Keas describes the surprisingly religious role played by much atheistic science fiction. The discussion includes 2001: A Space Odyssey and H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds.
Maybe you’ve watched The Greatest Showman — but have you heard of Barnum’s “What Is It?” exhibit?