He rejects your reality and substitutes his own

If you tend to think of Adam Savage as the comedy relief on “Mythbusters,” you may be surprised at the first half of this – a quite thoughtful and enlightening look at the nature of problem-solving. It’s long but worthwhile, and includes things you may not know about his past experience in the theater, as a pool player, and as an artist.

Then, after the prepared remarks, he takes questions from the audience, and the goofy, explosion-loving Adam from the TV show comes out. He also tells a somewhat gruesome story – which I’d heard once before – about the only myth filmed but never aired. It involves lab mice and the old saying that you can get more nutrition from the cardboard box than from sugary children’s breakfast cereals.