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Truth or Lie? - Montreal Science Centre
Transcript of Truth or Lie? - Montreal Science Centre
Discover the hidden world of magic, illusion, pseudoscience and the media with over
fun and interactive activities.
things passed off as true but are false
We are sometimes
to believe in strange phenomena and miracle cures. But if you sharpen your critical sense, you can become a
. The scientific method can put all the ghosts to rest. To explain the unexplained,
never hesitate to hesitate.
: over 40 activities
Exhibition surface: 500 m2 (5000 pi2)
Exhibition capacity: 120 visitors
Visit duration: 45-60 minutes
Bilingual: French and English
Developed with an
of 10 scientists and experts
Montréal Science Centre:
October 2013 – March 2014
Please enquire about availabilities
Louise Julie Bertrand
Manager, Development and Production
Montreal Science Centre
In the realm of illusion, the truth can
us in an instant. True and false waver between flashes of sleight of hand. Our eyes sometimes miss reality, and our
often perceive just a flash of light. But you can learn to
Key message :
What’s the trick?
Playing a trick on someone
Aaaarrrrgggghhh, there was a trick!
Test out different optical illusions and discover how far we can go before our senses fail us, and how easily they can be fooled. Learn a few tricks used by magicians who know all too well how to dupe our senses. Then have loads of fun tricking your friends!
Illusion, all is illusion!
Try to guess which substance is really made of wood, and which game console is really a “DS” and see just how difficult it is to tell real from fake. What if that twenty dollar bill in your pocket is a fake?
Roam around in an upside-down setting and lose all your bearings. Reality or illusion?
To believe or not to believe?
Does your memory play tricks on you? Is your good judgement affected by what you believe? This exhibition puts it all to the test. Find out how easy it is to become superstitious! How can we steer clear of believing any old thing?
Putting evidence to the test
Use a scale to compare the weights of different evidence claiming to prove the existence of certain phenomena. Find out how certain evidence holds more weight than others, and therefore offers more value.
The test of science
Use the scientific method to put strange phenomena to the test. Will they pass the test? Will we discover that telepathy and lucky numbers are truly real?
Explanation or complication?
Do-it-yourself! Recreate strange manifestations like making a table move, levitating like a yogi, and reading into your friends’ futures… You’ll see that no esoteric explanation is needed to explain these phenomena!
What are you talking about??
Listen to the strange and mysterious stories of other visitors and see how tempted you are to believe them. You can also tell your own story.
“Groundbreaking news,” “revolutionary new product”… the media is all about bombarding you with messages that catch your attention, inspire you to buy things or convince you of new ideas. Why are we so easily convinced? What infallible tricks are they using? How can we make the difference between information and manipulation?
Look at yourself in the mirror. What are your primary needs? Once you’ve made those clear, you’ll see how easy it is to be targeted by advertisement and all its tempting offers. Learn how your needs end up making you an easy target.
The need for self-knowledge
Make a copy of the sketch drawn by the previous visitor, who copied it from the previous visitor’s sketch, and so forth. Look at how quickly the information gets lost and distorted from one person to the next.
Create a tabloid page or design a catchy advertisement and watch how you’ll be tempted to turn the facts to your advantage and promote your point of view. Meet a politician, a sales clerk and a manipulator that will each try to convince you of something. Will you be able to see through their shady techniques?
The real truth?
Is it a hoax? Every single day, the internet serves up ludicrous stories and dubious information. This quiz will ask you to make the call between truth and hoax through a test of your critical thinking skills.
Stop the Hoax!