EleMental Issues

| Baltimore, MD, USA | Learning | July 5, 2013

(At the moment we are learning about atoms.)

Teacher: “So everything is made up of atoms.”

(A student raises her hand.)

Teacher: “Yes?”

Student: “We can’t see atoms, right?”

Teacher: “…Correct.”

Student: “So how do we know they’re real?”

(The class goes silent.)

Teacher: “Well, there’s scientists who study them and—”

Student: “Maybe the scientists are pranking us.”

Me: “Scientists… managed to prank the entire world?”

Student: “I don’t believe atoms exist. I think they’re fake!”

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  • Diederik Carpay

    of course you can see atoms, you just can’t see individual atoms. If you couldn’t see atoms, you couldn’t see anything