Tag Archives: science

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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13 Jan 2009
What is science?

Matt Springer poses that question and suggests a concise answer: Science is the testing of ideas. This is subject to ever-increasing refinement (or contention), as you can see from his post and its comments. You might consider the “scientific method” as the first-level refinement: observe hypothesize predict test That’s basically the inner loop of 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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