The Mercury Reader

1. Does the impersonal, dispassionate chronology of the facts of the morning of 9/11 take away from or add to the horror of the events being described? What surprised you about the report? Did you learn something you did not know before?
2. In your own words, summarize the difference between “fact” and “theory” that Gould explains. Do scientists use a word like “fact” differently than other people? What impact does that have on scientific discussions in the general public?
3. Do you eat lobster? Is Wallace’s essay likely to impact your decision-making in one way or another? Is maintaining a sense of humor a way to appeal to people, or is it hard to make it work?



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