Carl telling us how (not) to science.
"conclusion: dinosaurs" is still my favorite rebuttal to just about anything tbh.
You guys. I don’t think you understand the origin of what he’s debunking here. And how wide-spread an idea it was. Science fiction from the late 19th century through the 1950’s often portrayed Venus as a hot, swampy planet full of huge plant life and dinosaurs. (Amongst other ideas.) For example, the popular Tom Corbett Space Cadet tv show/radio series/books/comics (etc), of the 1950’s had as one of their main characters, Astro, who was a human that grew up on Venus. Because of the heavier Venusian gravity, Astro was a large, very strong man compared to his earth-raised colleagues and he grew up hunting dinosaurs for fun. This is not some fringe concept that Carl Sagan’s debunking - it’s something that was a huge idea. He’s talking to the many many people raised on these shows/stories, not some fringe group.
When I made this post, I had no idea it’d get quite this popular. I wonder how many people have seen this and believed there really are dinosaurs on Venus.