He’s not wrong

MC Hammer (!) had to rebuke one of those anti-philosophy, science-is-all-about-truth types, and he put the hammer down.

“When you measure, include the measurer” is such a good line. He has splattered this @drewgrey character so effectively that he doesn’t even realize how thoroughly crushed his views are.

Right now I’m rethinking parachute pants. You know, they probably are pretty comfortable, and nice and loose for dancing. Could he have been right about them, too?


  1. mmfwmc says

    Some friends of mine started a site called “papers with code” to provide academic papers and source code together for data scientists. MC Hammer found them and tweeted a link. They were super pleased. :)

  2. lakitha tolbert says

    I agree wholeheartedly with what he says, but no, he’s still wrong about parachute pants, though…and I’m glad he learned from that mistake.

  3. Artor says

    I am genuinely surprised. I would not have thought MC Hammer would be one to understand that about science. He’s an evangelical pastor, last I heard.

  4. blf says

    Some snippets from a short article in Forbes, How MC Hammer And Other Performing Artists Are Sharing Their Love Of Science (August 2020):

    If you’ve been keeping tabs on MC Hammer lately, you may have noticed that he spent the last few weeks enthusiastically talking about science on Twitter. He tweeted about a gene found in neurons, about worm RNA, about slime molds, and much more.

    Showing scientists as human beings is exactly what MC Hammer has been doing with his platform. This week, he has been supporting the #BlackInChem initiative, amplifying the profiles of black chemists and showing his followers some of the people behind the research.

  5. cartomancer says

    Since I know nothing about rap music nomenclature, I am going to assume that his full name is Hammery McHammerface and he goes by a shortening. Good on you Mr. McHammerface!

  6. Tethys says

    his full name is Hammery McHammerface and he goes by a shortening.

    Lol, his full name is Stanley Burrell. The MC stands for Master of Ceremony Hammer.

    I see he is still ringing the bell, schooling the fools. All around the world, from London to Bombay. Hey hammer, yo hammer, ho hammer, and the rest can go and play.

  7. kome says

    MC Hammer apparently really digs reading Michel Foucault, as I’ve learned while looking into the backstory of this tweet exchange.

  8. microraptor says

    Tethys @7: And IIRC, he got the nickname Hammer because some baseball players saw him dance one time and thought he looked like “Hammering” Hank Aaron.

  9. says

    Apparently @drewgray can’t touch this.

    I have one obvious response to his bloviation:

    Please define “truth,” with particular attention to determining “truth” from incomplete, corrupted, and/or contested information. (I’ll have the backup singers harmonize on “Lysenko, Eugenics, and Playing Dice With the Universe” while you ponder that.)