Last night, we went to the Mythbusters! live tour show as it landed here in Birmingham. It was entertaining and the boys thought it was pretty great to see Jamie and Adam in person. However, I wouldn’t say that it was worth full price tickets – especially the highest prices, which are around seventy bucks. I paid half price, thanks to a discount code from the local science museum, and I think I would have been a little bitter if I’d shelled out over two hundred dollars for the three of us to take in the show. It was fine, but I do feel that the demonstrations could have been a little sharper and higher level – showing f=(m) a with a carnival hammer and bell is something that *I* could have thought up, for pete’s sake.
That said, what I appreciated most was just that general enthusiasm and unbounded curiosity that’s embodied in Mythbusters – it’s what science education could be instead of one more round through a) the life cycle of plants and b) the water cycle and c) the amazeballs amazingness of the rain forest and the horrific horrors of what humans are doing to it.
And not only the enthusiasm and curiosity, but the understanding that this thing called “science” is not really so black and white. As Adam said at one point in the show, one of the greatest gifts he ever received from a teacher was the time to listen to his questions, answer them the best he could and the usual final admission that “I don’t know.” For we don’t. We don’t know exactly what gravity or the atom are. Our understanding is constantly changing and expanding.
Yes, we finally got a Christmas tree I’m sitting next to it right this minute. It even has decorations and lights. I always dread going to get it and putting it up, but I’m so glad when it’s here.