Sunday, November 05, 2006

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Categories : Irreducible Complexity, Humor

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published: samedi 4 novembre 2006 18:21:19

In Darwin's Black Box, biochemist Michael Behe used a Rube Goldberg machine to illustrate irreducible complexity: A Rube Goldberg relies on a long chain of contraptions triggering each other; remove one contraption, and the whole sequence comes to a halt.

Apparently, Rube Goldberg-like machines are popular in Japan, and YouTube has a couple of videos showing some in real life. The first is from the TV show Pitagora Suicchi, meaning "Pythagoran switch", and shows a lot of short sequences.

Update: I've replaced the first video with another with more examples, and added some more videos at the end.

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