Tag Archives: ignorance

25 Aug 2009
Is the sky falling?

How many of the 12 questions in The Science Knowledge Quiz can you get right? Go ahead and try it now — it’s quick and easy. For more detailed and statistically sound analysis, check out Science and Engineering Indicators 2008, which I posted about last year. It states “[…] many Americans do not reliably distinguish […]

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01 Oct 2008
Irrefutable Logic

“[Amanda Peet] has a lot of balls to come forward and be on that side [vaccinations], because there is an angry mob on my side, and I like the fact that I can say she’s completely wrong.” and “… until she walks in our shoes, she really has no idea.” — Jenny McCarthy in an […]

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13 Sep 2008
The LHC doesn’t scare me …

… however, the people who are afraid of it do. There are many more articles out there, with much weirder stuff; this one just happened to be handy when I decided to post. Google around and enjoy the circus. In the BBC article “Q&A: The LHC experiment“, LHC scientist Brian Cox answers some questions from […]

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13 May 2008
The Wizard

“You’ve been accused of wizardry.” Now that’s what I call a whopper of a career-ending phone call. According to Presto! Teacher Out Of A Job, Piculas (the teacher) claims this is the result of a student being traumatized by a simple magic trick, using a toothpick and transparent tape, which Piculas demonstrated and showed the […]

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17 Apr 2008
Implicative Indicia

The statistics at Science and Engineering Indicators 2008 are disturbing. Here are some sample questions, and the percentage of correct answers (1864 adults, in 2006): 45% – Lasers work by focusing sound waves. (False) 56% – Antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria. (False) 76% – Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does […]

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