If you are one of those Santa-skeptics (you know–the kind who thinks Mom and Dad are responsible for all those presents under your Christmas tree) then there’s a book written just for you: The Truth About Santa, by Gregory Mone. This book is for readers who respect science enough to know that the traditional story of Santa Claus faces serious and familiar challenges. For instance, according to animal physiologists, reindeer can’t fly; a thorough study of satellite images fails to reveal a workshop at the North Pole; and rudimentary mathematical skills are enough to confirm that a journey to two-hundred-million chimneys takes 190 years (not one night) if each stop lasts only thirty seconds.
How, according to Mone, does Santa do it? Simple: Continue reading “Science, Santa Claus, and Philosophy”