Saturday, April 3, 2010

It's just a theory?!

One of my favourite hobbies is scuba diving.  I often say that learning to dive is the best thing I've ever done in my whole life.  It's tremendously fun, and has taken me to parts of the world I might never have visited otherwise.  I just got back from a great diving vacation, to one of the premier dive spots on Earth.  Nobody ever said it was a cheap hobby, unfortunately.

So what happened after I got back was totally devastating for me.  I was on the PADI (a popular diver certification organisation) website, and noticed they had a new online course called Dive Theory.  Here is a screenshot:

It turns out, scuba diving is just a theory!  PADI, the #1 certification organisation in the world, flat-out ADMITS IT on their website!  All of that time I spent underwater, and for what?!  A stupid theory?!  How could they do this to me?  Now that I stop and think about it, I'm not sure I can even prove that I've ever been diving at all!  I mean, I have all of these underwater photos, and I have all of this damp gear sitting on my apartment floor, but if diving is just a theory, they can't possibly be real or have any meaning.

I'm going to write to my government's Minister of Recreational Education to suggest... no, INSIST, that this one-sided view of scuba diving not be presented to our children without a counter-view for balance.  We must teach the controversy!  We should also mandate by law that all diving-textbook publishers carry a warning sticker that clearly indicates that scuba diving is just a theory which has not been proven, and that students should approach the topic with an open mind.


Jim said...

Awesome way to turn the tides. I have put up with this argument for years. People always telling me that all the scientific theories were just that. So I would always break out my textbook on "Theory of Internal/External Combustion Engines" and ask them how their car worked.

They seem to forget that the word 'theory' has more than one definition. Here's the one us science followers use to describe the laws of the universe:

-A particular conception or view of something to be done or of the method of doing it; a system of rules or principles.

Anonymous said...

I read this with my sarcasm defences down and was gobsmacked until I realised the point.
It was very good, may use this if it comes up.

Feki said...

Just for a laugh. Check out this gathering of theorists: