Science in the city and urban legends

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The scientific method is based on a set of techniques for investigating phenomena and acquiring knowledge. It starts from  the collection of empirical, observable and measurable evidence. It proceeds by formulating questions and hypotheses and conducting experiments. It uses the principles of logical reasoning and has two pillars: reproducibility and falsifiabilty.

We take as our point of departure urban legends, and in particular hoaxes, that is, “migratory” rumors published on the Internet that expand themselves throughout our connected cities. Our interest in confronting vis à vis urban legends with science lies in thinking how we perceive images in relation to the context in which they are embedded, and how a codified environment can produce the effect of a plausible reality.

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