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How science literate are you?

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posted on May, 24 2015 @ 07:30 AM
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Here's a quick quiz I just came across..

chronicle.com...

Fairly simple questions, what's interesting about it though is it shows the percentage of Americans that answered each question correctly.

I found the percentage on question 7 rather....interesting.


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posted on May, 24 2015 @ 07:37 AM
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chronicle.com...

I got them all.

Given the popularity of Big Bang Theory, I thought number 5 was surprising.



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 07:41 AM
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You got 11/11 questions correct

This was absolutely funny
How long does it take for the Earth to go around the Sun?
Oh boy



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 07:41 AM
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I got 11/11....
The stats were funny, I do agree...
Earth people be some dumb SoB's fer sure



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 07:48 AM
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a reply to: Chadwickus

The statistics suggest that Americans have been systematically deprived of a scientific and mathematical education. Something to do with religion, I suspect.



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 07:49 AM
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a reply to: ketsuko

I find it odd that 72% got 11 right but only 48% answered 2 right?

52% think lasers work by focusing sound waves??


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posted on May, 24 2015 @ 07:50 AM
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Sometimes youze yanks frighten me, if the next question was "Did humans evolve from Dinosaurs" about 80% of youze would say Yes - based upon this quiz and my piss-taking skills.



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 07:50 AM
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a reply to: Chadwickus

11/11.

This is a ridiculously basic quiz. A ten-years old would score 11/11 on it.



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 07:51 AM
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a reply to: DJW001

Not necessarily true.

I'm American. I got 11/11.

I grew up with a classical, very religious Jesuit education system.

It turned me atheist, so that backfired. However, the science, literature, and mathematics aspects were not lacking.



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 07:56 AM
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You got 11/11 questions correct


Doesn't make me smart. Makes me good at answering questions the way they wanted them answered.




posted on May, 24 2015 @ 07:59 AM
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Hollywood could be a reason for some.. Jurassic park etc.



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 08:00 AM
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a reply to: Snarl

So, they want us to answer that lasers are made from sound...?

Yet around half didn't?

Are they the smart ones?



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 08:01 AM
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a reply to: Chadwickus

11/11 and I was sweating out of fear of getting any wrong!

A couple of those with less than 50% of Americans knowing the answer would be down to their interpretation that it's just an opinion. What with evolution being a 'theory' and all, they might have opted for certain answers through religious conditioning as much as lack of education.

Of course, this is ATS so I'll add that not all religious people are uneducated. Those who opt for Creationism aren't naturally inclined towards science literacy although I can't imagine why they'd be on a site that hosts science questionnaires.



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 08:01 AM
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originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: Chadwickus

The statistics suggest that Americans have been systematically deprived of a scientific and mathematical education. Something to do with religion, I suspect.

The State "educates" many more minds than Church. Uneducated minds make good minions, cannon fodder, slaves, whatever.

What happens when you turn 18 and don't know squat. You enlist.



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 08:01 AM
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originally posted by: Chadwickus
a reply to: ketsuko

I find it odd that 72% got 11 right but only 48% answered 2 right?

52% think lasers work by focusing sound waves??



Maybe it's the "pew, pew" sound effect every lasar comes with in sci-fi shows and movies?



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 08:05 AM
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I got number five wrong. No matter how much I wanted to say the universe started with a big bang so I could get it right, I could not do it. I checked false. A theory isn't real until they can prove it is real, otherwise it is just a myth. They shove that down our throats on everything else yet tell us the big bang theory, something that there is no possible way we can ever prove or disapprove as real from this point in space and time, is real. It's a joke.

I did give the answer that they wanted about man being around when the dinosaurs were here even though a chicken is technically a dinosaur. I guess I felt bad for telling the truth on the first one. I should have held my ground and got more wrong.



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 08:10 AM
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originally posted by: Chadwickus
a reply to: Snarl

So, they want us to answer that lasers are made from sound...?


That one ... that's pretty bad. Made me wonder how serious the 'test takers' were.

72% got question 11 right. That'll make me scratch my head for a while.

#s 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 depend on mind-set (4 is a real stretch there).



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 08:10 AM
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originally posted by: Kandinsky
Those who opt for Creationism aren't naturally inclined towards science literacy although I can't imagine why they'd be on a site that hosts science questionnaires.

Actually it is a common misconception that all creationists are anti-science. There exist middle-grounds, such as Old Earth Creationism, who preaches that Earth was indeed created billions of years ago, that God simply created the forces for the Universe and Life to evolve by itself.



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 08:13 AM
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originally posted by: swanne
a reply to: Chadwickus

11/11.

This is a ridiculously basic quiz. A ten-years old would score 11/11 on it.



Exactly. It's tailor made for Americans (hence all the "controversial" questions regarding creation that basically are only controversial in the US).



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 08:16 AM
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originally posted by: Snarl

You got 11/11 questions correct


Doesn't make me smart. Makes me good at answering questions the way they wanted them answered.


Exactly.

Some of these questions end exploration about issues like what came before the Universe 'began'?




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