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Heavy Boots The following was a post to a newsgroup in 1992. About 6-7 years ago, I was in a philosophy class at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (good science/engineering school) and the teaching assistant was explaining Descartes. He was trying to show how things don't always happen the way we think they will and explained that, while a pen always falls when you drop it on Earth, it would just float away if you let go of it on the Moon. My jaw dropped a little. I blurted,"What?!" Looking around the room I saw that only my friend Mark and one other student looked confused by the TA's statement. The other 17 people just looked at me like, "What's your problem?" "But a pen would fall if you dropped it on the Moon, just more slowly." I protested. "No it wouldn't." the TA explained calmly, "because you're too far away from the Earth's gravity." Think. Think. Aha! "You saw the APOLLO astronauts walking around on the Moon, didn't you?" I countered, "Why didn't they float away?" "Because they were wearing heavy boots." he responded, as if this made perfect sense
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