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Message 31 of 134 (697735)
04-29-2013 11:19 AM
Reply to: Message 30 by caffeine
04-29-2013 11:07 AM


I think it's more interesting to look at which questions people were bad at.

I think an interesting item is tha 77% of people knew that the continents had been moving for millions of years. I wonder how many people held their nose and marked this question the way a scientist would mark it.

For example, I am guessing that Faith does not believe that the earth is millions of years old. Yet she marked the correct answer to this question.


Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also in prison. Thoreau: Civil Disobedience (1846)

I would say here something that was heard from an ecclesiastic of the most eminent degree; That the intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how the heaven goes. Galileo Galilei 1615.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. Frederick Douglass


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Message 32 of 134 (697736)
04-29-2013 11:24 AM
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04-29-2013 1:45 AM


Oh my goodness!!! is there a new definition of googling now?? How did I miss this? Gotta know - is this the better way?


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Message 33 of 134 (697737)
04-29-2013 11:49 AM
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04-29-2013 11:07 AM


caffeine writes:

By contrast, the one that the highest number of people got right was about sun-tan lotion protecting us from UV. Do we have advertising to thank for this?


Sun-tan lotion protects us from everything - cancer, old age, bad breath. Now with 87 per cent more snake oil.
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Message 34 of 134 (697738)
04-29-2013 11:53 AM
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04-27-2013 5:15 PM


I missed one, but unlike many here I don't work in any scientific field and I spent just a few semesters in college.

I would guess that many of my peers would score much lower, based on my personal experience.

*sigh*


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Message 35 of 134 (697742)
04-29-2013 12:34 PM
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04-29-2013 11:53 AM


Ooh writes:

I missed one

Which one?

Was it the gases in air question?

That is the one that caught out a couple of others I have shown this to.


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Message 36 of 134 (697746)
04-29-2013 1:43 PM
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04-29-2013 12:34 PM


Yes - I out-thought myself on that one.
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Message 37 of 134 (697751)
04-29-2013 3:34 PM


The Fracking Question
Am I the only one surprised that the answer to the fracking question was natural gas? Not that it's the wrong answer, it isn't, but I thought the economics are driven by oil and that natural gas is just a welcome byproduct. I was expecting to see oil in the list of answers, not natural gas.

I don't know what answer I might have given to some of the questions as a kid in the 1960's. Nanotechnology didn't exist and bacterial resistance wasn't a problem that was receiving any widespread attention. The same was true of greenhouse gases, and global cooling seemed as likely as global warming.

--Percy


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Message 38 of 134 (697752)
04-29-2013 3:34 PM
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04-29-2013 1:43 PM


Nitrogen?
Ditto, . . . I remembered hydrogen being 'number one' on the Periodic Table of Elements, so I erroneously thought hydrogen was the correct answer.

My, and unfortunately early 1900's dirigible technology's wrong choice . . . oh the humanity.

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Message 39 of 134 (697755)
04-29-2013 3:42 PM


I was disappointed that they did not have the correct answer for the function of red blood cells ("provide food and shelter for Plasmodium falciparum parasites"). Oh well.
    
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Message 40 of 134 (697760)
04-29-2013 4:37 PM
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04-29-2013 3:34 PM


Re: The Fracking Question
Nanotechnology didn't exist and bacterial resistance wasn't a problem

Excellent point.

I think that the prefix nano- gives a strong enough hint to answer the question nanotech questionn. And as I recall, at least two of the answers to the bacterial resistance question seemed pretty silly.


Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also in prison. Thoreau: Civil Disobedience (1846)

I would say here something that was heard from an ecclesiastic of the most eminent degree; That the intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how the heaven goes. Galileo Galilei 1615.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. Frederick Douglass


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Message 41 of 134 (697764)
04-29-2013 5:40 PM


Fracking.
Actually I wouldn't have gotten the fracking question except for the fact that my wife has an American friend who protests it. I wouldn't have had a clue on my own and I still wasn't totally certain it was natural gas. A good few of my (mostly European colleagues) didn't have a clue either.
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Message 42 of 134 (697765)
04-29-2013 5:44 PM


I got 100%

Girlfriend missed the atmospheric gas question.

Interesting that Faith obviously answered questions correctly that she doesn't actually believe to be accurate. I wonder how many people do that?


The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it. - Francis Bacon

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs." - John Rogers

A world that can be explained even with bad reasons is a familiar world. But, on the other hand, in a universe suddenly divested of illusions and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger. His exile is without remedy since he is deprived of the memory of a lost home or the hope of a promised land. This divorce between man and his life, the actor and his setting, is properly the feeling of absurdity. Albert Camus

"...the pious hope that by combining numerous little turds of variously tainted data, one can obtain a valuable result; but in fact, the outcome is merely a larger than average pile of shit." - Barash, David 1995.


  
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Message 43 of 134 (697766)
04-29-2013 6:30 PM
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04-29-2013 3:34 PM


Re: The Fracking Question
With natural gas at $4 and crude oil around $90, it is indeed oil that most fracking is going after. The fracking of 6 or 8 years ago in North Texas and Pennsylvania found so much natural gas that we North Americans are oversupplied with it at present.

Gas isn't even a welcome byproduct in some situations, say, in places in North Dakota. There aren't pipelines yet to collect it, so many operators either burn it (legally) or just let it escape (illegally).


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Message 44 of 134 (697769)
04-29-2013 8:58 PM
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04-29-2013 5:40 PM


Re: Fracking.
Fracking is a big political deal in North Carolina right now. Apparently there is just enough natural gas suspected to be here to fight about the pros and cons. There is no doubt in my mind that the state is going to screw it up on regulating fracking.

Any how, the local public radio has somebody on every other week on some side of the fracking issue.

I think this is largely a US issue.

Edited by NoNukes, : No reason given.


Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also in prison. Thoreau: Civil Disobedience (1846)

I would say here something that was heard from an ecclesiastic of the most eminent degree; That the intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how the heaven goes. Galileo Galilei 1615.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. Frederick Douglass


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Message 45 of 134 (697770)
04-29-2013 9:47 PM


I did notice they had one question wrong. The one on plate tectonics is technically wrong.. because not all continents are moving further apart. North American and North Asia are getting closer together, as well as south America and southern asia.
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