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(Pew Research)   Are you stupider than the average American about basic science and technology?   (pewresearch.org) divider line 537
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2013-04-23 10:53:35 PM
You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7%.
 
2013-04-23 10:56:43 PM

jasonvatch: You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7%.


Same here. Very easy questions. 13/13
 
2013-04-23 11:01:37 PM
Typing this post was trickier than that quiz.
 
2013-04-23 11:05:26 PM
13/13.  Simple questions.  None of them were even tricky.  Basic stuff.
 
2013-04-23 11:05:56 PM
So... I guess I'm not special

/well, not on that quiz, anyway
 
2013-04-23 11:09:15 PM
I missed one.  The nitrogen one.
 
2013-04-23 11:10:21 PM

SundaesChild: I missed one.  The nitrogen one.


That seems to be the one the "random sample" had the most trouble with by far.
 
2013-04-23 11:10:53 PM
Pretty simple; 13/13.
 
2013-04-23 11:11:43 PM
13/13. I don't know whether to feel proud because I got them correct or scared cause lots of people missed multiple questions.
 
2013-04-23 11:12:51 PM
"Stupider" is a weird word to me. It just doesn't sound right. "Stupidest" sounds right, but I just think "dumber" sounds better than "stupider".

/Just my opinion
//13/13
 
2013-04-23 11:16:25 PM
13/13.
 
2013-04-23 11:21:25 PM
I missed the male/female one. Dammit!
 
2013-04-23 11:21:29 PM
So if everybody here is pushing up the curve on this survey how come we're all so dumb as to give Drew $5 a month for TF?

Or maybe we're smart.

/Seems unlikely
 
2013-04-23 11:22:44 PM

Wanebo: So if everybody here is pushing up the curve on this survey how come we're all so dumb as to give Drew $5 a month for TF?

Or maybe we're smart.

/Seems unlikely


"Smart" was not a requirement for success in that quiz.
 
2013-04-23 11:23:43 PM
13 of 13 here. Nothing even tricky.
 
2013-04-23 11:24:08 PM

Rustico: I missed the male/female one. Dammit!


Ok, that funny.
 
2013-04-23 11:25:46 PM
13/13, all pretty basic stuff.

A curious thing from the demographic breakdown is that the only questions that more women answered correctly than men were the two related to medicine (the best way to do a medical test and the antibiotic resistance ones).  I wonder why that is.
 
2013-04-23 11:27:03 PM

Relatively Obscure: Wanebo: So if everybody here is pushing up the curve on this survey how come we're all so dumb as to give Drew $5 a month for TF?

Or maybe we're smart.

/Seems unlikely

"Smart" was not a requirement for success in that quiz.


And I thought I was pointing out a rather sad commentary on the state of knowledge lately.

My hat is off to you.
 
2013-04-23 11:29:06 PM

TuteTibiImperes: 13/13, all pretty basic stuff.

A curious thing from the demographic breakdown is that the only questions that more women answered correctly than men were the two related to medicine (the best way to do a medical test and the antibiotic resistance ones).  I wonder why that is.


Just to clarify, I wasn't trying to infer that women are less adept at the sciences than men, I just thought it was curious that the women outscored the men on only two questions, and those two questions were in the same field.
 
2013-04-23 11:30:41 PM
I was building a soundwave laser but my addiction to antibiotics hindered my progress.
 
2013-04-23 11:33:35 PM
13/13
 
2013-04-23 11:38:56 PM
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What a Pew researcher might look like

 
2013-04-23 11:40:48 PM
13/13.

violentsalvation: I was building a soundwave laser but my addiction to antibiotics hindered my progress.


I blame the heat-causing radon in our carbon-dioxide based atmosphere.
 
2013-04-23 11:41:15 PM
okay, but i'm kinda drunk
 
2013-04-23 11:41:16 PM
13/13.  Now, back to my Evil Super Genius Lair!
 
2013-04-23 11:42:50 PM
Well, that was easy.
 
2013-04-23 11:44:04 PM

Relatively Obscure: SundaesChild: I missed one.  The nitrogen one.

That seems to be the one the "random sample" had the most trouble with by far.



Only 31% of college grads "got it",

I learned that shiat in elementary school... in the 70's, ferchrissakes.
 
2013-04-23 11:44:27 PM
My ISP is in Kansas so my test had all possible answers as "Jesus"
 
2013-04-23 11:48:00 PM

SundaesChild: I missed one.  The nitrogen one.


Same here.
 
2013-04-23 11:48:06 PM
And that "fracking" question was intentionally deceptive:

Every Farker knows that unexpected natural gas can RUIN an otherwise awesome frack.
 
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2013-04-23 11:50:07 PM
At least half us us are...
 
2013-04-23 11:50:32 PM
0/13
 
2013-04-23 11:51:56 PM

Wanebo: So if everybody here is pushing up the curve on this survey how come we're all so dumb as to give Drew $5 a month for TF?

Or maybe we're smart.

/Seems unlikely


13/13 - and I'm sponsored ;-)
 
2013-04-23 11:52:13 PM

Wanebo: So if everybody here is pushing up the curve on this survey how come we're all so dumb as to give Drew $5 a month for TF?



I'm reverting back to Liter mode once Obama adds the Internet sales tax.
 
2013-04-23 11:57:59 PM
another 13/13 checking in.

It's kind of mind-boggling. I mean, anyone with at least a Junior High level (hell, maybe even elementary level, if you had a good, enthusiastic science teacher) of science education should be able to easily get all of those correct.
 
2013-04-23 11:58:35 PM
I'm assuming the people who only scored 13/13 took too long to answer the questions and missed out on the bonus points for being fast. The actual max score is 26. That's OK, though, you're still kind of smart.
 
2013-04-23 11:58:35 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: My ISP is in Kansas so my test had all possible answers as "Jesus"



That sounds more like an Oklahomaville idea...
 
2013-04-23 11:59:17 PM
13/13

You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7%.

Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,  'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth
 
2013-04-24 12:01:19 AM

Relatively Obscure: SundaesChild: I missed one.  The nitrogen one.

That seems to be the one the "random sample" had the most trouble with by far.


I erred on the "red blood cell" question, due to a memory lapse likely caused by excessive alcohol intake.

/Only one cure exists for excessive alcohol intake.
//More alcohol.
 
2013-04-24 12:02:08 AM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: 13/13

You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7%.

Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,  'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth


Let's be honest: We need lots of people to build the Neo-Pyramids, and education is not a requirement.
 
2013-04-24 12:05:46 AM
and yet everyone who got 100% on this test will pay to see "we bought another zoo"
 
2013-04-24 12:06:39 AM

SpikeStrip: and yet everyone who got 100% on this test will pay to see "we bought another zoo"


lol sponsored.
 
2013-04-24 12:09:36 AM

jasonvatch: You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7%.


Yup.  I must be an asshole.
 
2013-04-24 12:09:37 AM
I want to meet the 1% who got zero right.
 
2013-04-24 12:10:12 AM
Something interesting from a Smithsonian sidebar (okay, bottom bar):


Is the Hijab Responsible for Iran's Spike in MS Cases?

Vitamin D deficiency from lack of sunlight could be an unexpected long-term consequence of the Iranian revolution

 /Sorry about the threadjack
//But the spike in MS could be caused by the Mooslimb obsession with excessive threads
///Jack

Ayatollah you this would come to no good!
 
2013-04-24 12:15:15 AM

Mentat: I want to meet the 1% who got zero right.


The quiz lets you advance without answering, so they may have simply skip skip skipped to the end to see the results.
 
2013-04-24 12:15:55 AM
4/13
 
2013-04-24 12:23:05 AM
No.
 
2013-04-24 12:23:26 AM
I would have got 11/13 on that quiz when I was 12. Probably 12/13. Not sure if I would have answered 11 right (probably, not sure if I was familiar with placebos at the time), and fracking didn't exist when I was 12.

If you didn't get at least 10 right, (nitrogen being the main component of the atmosphere was more trivial than most the questions), you're an idiot and you should feel bad.
 
2013-04-24 12:31:56 AM
I got them all right, even the trick question about carbon dioxide causing global warming, which we all know doesn't exist.

Seriously, who are the idiots who don't know these?  Nitrogen was the only one I had to think a little bit to remember.
 
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