Bertrand Russell's Celestial Teapot
Collector: Steven Powers
Artist: Derek Billingsly @ Chapter X Tattoo
Inspiration: The celestial teapot (or cosmic teapot) was an analogy coined by the British philosopher Bertrand Russell. Russell used the example of a teapot floating in orbit, somewhere between Earth and Mars, too tiny to detect with any Earthly devices, as an illustration of an unfalsifiable concept. Russell used the celestial teapot to demonstrate that the burden of proof lies with those advancing unfalsifiable claims rather than with those who would doubt them.