What would Galileo do?
The heliocentric revolution was brought about by Galileo's inspired use of modern media (in the 1620s). Geocentricity was driving him nuts, and because he really wanted to change people’s thinking he went twitter. In the decades before, the entertainment industry had made a great leap forward. Cervantes had written the first novel, as in the first novel ever. Shakespeare had freed drama from Classical Greek predominance. Aware of these developments, for his big message Galileo went for popular entertainment, writing his critique of geocentricity in the form of a hilarious dialogue. In Italian, not Latin. And he went for controversy. He knew the Inquisition would ban his book, but if anything that would add to its allure.
I want to discuss what Galileo would do with today’s media. For a proper conceptual revolution - a paradigm shift - what tools do you employ?
Cards on the table: I’m a scientist trying to correct a 350-year old error in the foundations of probability theory.