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2014-02-14 01:34:23 PM
To be fair I'm currently in the United States and I'm the center of the universe so they just miss read the data.
 
2014-02-14 01:35:28 PM
I defined my coordinate axes this way.
 
2014-02-14 01:40:30 PM
You have to have an arbitray starting point for measurement.  Here is just as good as any.
 
2014-02-14 01:41:24 PM
www.offshootinc.com
 
2014-02-14 01:43:06 PM
Safe bet that at least 90% of those people are both Christian and Republican.
 
2014-02-14 01:43:07 PM
It doesn't matter, since everything is transformed by the view/projection matrix in the end, anyway.
 
2014-02-14 01:43:38 PM
It's an honest mistake seeing as a lot of them have their own gravitational-pull.
 
2014-02-14 01:47:47 PM
People are like that everywhere.  You are at the center of the universe as it relates to you.
 
2014-02-14 01:47:58 PM
Science is anti-American.
 
2014-02-14 01:48:13 PM

oldfarthenry: It's an honest mistake seeing as a lot of them have their own gravitational-pull.


I'm surprised it took 7 posts to make a fat American joke. Usually FARK is more on top of it than that.

/I sound fat
 
2014-02-14 01:49:20 PM
Well 0, 0, 0 needs to be somewhere. Even if the universe is infinite, our primitive brains still need a system to map and navigate it.
 
2014-02-14 01:52:08 PM
I would be curious as to sampling and the circumstances the quizzes were given under.  Students do well on quizzes because there is an incentive to perform well (graduation, never having to look at that stupid professor's face ever again).  If you give the average joe a quiz and say "Fill this out, it doesn't matter how well you do, you get a gift card at the end," then the random answering starts.

/it's always C
 
2014-02-14 01:53:57 PM

oldfarthenry: It's an honest mistake seeing as a lot of them have their own gravitational-pull.


I could probably phrase the question in an odd way to trick a lot of people. For example:
 * Are the phases of the moon are caused by the shadow cast by the Earth as the Sun rotates around it?
 
2014-02-14 01:56:04 PM
It is.  Because Fark you.
 
2014-02-14 02:00:43 PM
Liberals, like children, believe the world revolves around them
 
2014-02-14 02:02:49 PM
I was curious about the wording of the questions. I can't find the current version, but this is from an earlier one.
 
2014-02-14 02:04:01 PM
The earth rotates around Washington, DC.
 
2014-02-14 02:05:56 PM

Kuta: The earth rotates around Washington, DC.


I'm thinking more like LA
 
2014-02-14 02:07:54 PM

Prophet of Loss: Well 0, 0, 0 needs to be somewhere. Even if the universe is infinite, our primitive brains still need a system to map and navigate it.


I was having a discussion about that with a few friends a while back. It would be extremely difficult to use an "XYZ" coordinate system for mapping 3-dimensional space (useful for if/when interstellar spaceflight is possible), since it would have to be able to compensate for the expansion of the universe, and whatever program was used to manage it must be able to constantly update itself for the movement of planets, solar systems, galaxies, etc, and it would need to have a central 0, 0, 0 point that would be a universally accepted position (assuming there is intelligent life capable of spaceflight and we wanted to pursue trade or anything else, they might take offense to using a system that places us at the center of universe). But the biggest problem what I understand though, is that there is no real "center" of the universe.

It would be easier to have a system that mapped to specific galaxies and systems and just kept itself up to date with their specific movements.
 
2014-02-14 02:08:43 PM
Meh, heliocentrism is overrated.
 
2014-02-14 02:08:53 PM

Sybarite: I was curious about the wording of the questions. I can't find the current version, but this is from an earlier one.


I think they use the same wording every time, for consistency.
 
2014-02-14 02:10:04 PM

The Muthaship: People are like that everywhere.  You are at the center of the universe as it relates to you.


I remember seeing a TV Trope regarding anime that said "japan is in the center of the universe" and I was thinking how it's that way for most fiction, regardless of country, that country is the center of the universe.  To the British, they are the center of the universe, see most Doctor Who episodes that takes place in the future for examples of that.
 
2014-02-14 02:11:31 PM
I'm at the center of my multi-verse, versing it real-time.
 
2014-02-14 02:16:46 PM

Cheron: To be fair I'm currently in the United States and I'm the center of the universe so they just miss read the data.


Bar napkin math tells me that there are objects in your universe traveling ~3,534,291,735 light years per hour.
I guess I can throw all my college physics books away now.
 
2014-02-14 02:17:50 PM
i277.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-14 02:18:28 PM

SewerSquirrels: Cheron: To be fair I'm currently in the United States and I'm the center of the universe so they just miss read the data.

Bar napkin math tells me that there are objects in your universe traveling ~3,534,291,735 light years per hour.
I guess I can throw all my college physics books away now.


Lorentz that shiat!
 
2014-02-14 02:21:18 PM

Latinwolf: The Muthaship: People are like that everywhere.  You are at the center of the universe as it relates to you.

I remember seeing a TV Trope regarding anime that said "japan is in the center of the universe" and I was thinking how it's that way for most fiction, regardless of country, that country is the center of the universe.  To the British, they are the center of the universe, see most Doctor Who episodes that takes place in the future for examples of that.


It goes beyond that. Look at how much scifi has Earth as the central homeworld for whatever space government.
 
2014-02-14 02:22:45 PM
If the Universe is infinite in all directions, then technically every point is the center of the Universe.  So Americans are correct.  We just thought of it first.

Suck it, rest of the Universe!
 
2014-02-14 02:23:06 PM
I wonder what political party most of them belong to
 
2014-02-14 02:23:50 PM
"Nearly 90 percent said the benefits of science outweigh any dangers, and about the same number expressed interest in learning about medical discoveries. "

Huh.

Why the big push against GMOs and evolution then?

Maybe the science for both is sound, they just don't like the business practices involved with the one or religious implications of the other?
 
2014-02-14 02:26:15 PM

Prophet of Loss: Well 0, 0, 0 needs to be somewhere. Even if the universe is infinite, our primitive brains still need a system to map and navigate it.


Mathematicians and physicists are fine working with coordinate free systems. It's only a problem for the math-disabled, like poets, historians, and engineers.
 
2014-02-14 02:27:45 PM

meat0918: "Nearly 90 percent said the benefits of science outweigh any dangers, and about the same number expressed interest in learning about medical discoveries. "

Huh.

Why the big push against GMOs and evolution then?

Maybe the science for both is sound, they just don't like the business practices involved with the one or religious implications of the other?


They're thinking iPhones and Viagra as the "benefits" and evolution and GMO as the "dangers"
 
2014-02-14 02:34:01 PM

netweavr: meat0918: "Nearly 90 percent said the benefits of science outweigh any dangers, and about the same number expressed interest in learning about medical discoveries. "

Huh.

Why the big push against GMOs and evolution then?

Maybe the science for both is sound, they just don't like the business practices involved with the one or religious implications of the other?

They're thinking iPhones and Viagra as the "benefits" and evolution and GMO as the "dangers"


People love sausage, they just don't want to see it get made.
 
2014-02-14 02:34:04 PM

netweavr: meat0918: "Nearly 90 percent said the benefits of science outweigh any dangers, and about the same number expressed interest in learning about medical discoveries. "

Huh.

Why the big push against GMOs and evolution then?

Maybe the science for both is sound, they just don't like the business practices involved with the one or religious implications of the other?

They're thinking iPhones and Viagra as the "benefits" and evolution and GMO as the "dangers"


I bet you could skew that 90% number down if you had questions about GMOs or evolution first, or up even higher if you had questions about iPhones, Mars rovers, and the Internet.
 
2014-02-14 02:34:43 PM

meat0918: netweavr: meat0918: "Nearly 90 percent said the benefits of science outweigh any dangers, and about the same number expressed interest in learning about medical discoveries. "

Huh.

Why the big push against GMOs and evolution then?

Maybe the science for both is sound, they just don't like the business practices involved with the one or religious implications of the other?

They're thinking iPhones and Viagra as the "benefits" and evolution and GMO as the "dangers"

I bet you could skew that 90% number down if you had questions about GMOs or evolution first, or up even higher if you had questions about iPhones, Mars rovers, and the Internet.


That's Marketing for ya.
 
2014-02-14 02:35:36 PM

netweavr: SewerSquirrels: Cheron: To be fair I'm currently in the United States and I'm the center of the universe so they just miss read the data.

Bar napkin math tells me that there are objects in your universe traveling ~3,534,291,735 light years per hour.
I guess I can throw all my college physics books away now.

Lorentz that shiat!


First off, my bar napkin math blows (should have been more in the neighborhood of ~916,297,857 light years per hour).
Secondly, you're going to have to help me out with that Lorentz comment; I haven't cracked a physics book since '89.
 
2014-02-14 02:37:35 PM

SewerSquirrels: netweavr: SewerSquirrels: Cheron: To be fair I'm currently in the United States and I'm the center of the universe so they just miss read the data.

Bar napkin math tells me that there are objects in your universe traveling ~3,534,291,735 light years per hour.
I guess I can throw all my college physics books away now.

Lorentz that shiat!

First off, my bar napkin math blows (should have been more in the neighborhood of ~916,297,857 light years per hour).
Secondly, you're going to have to help me out with that Lorentz comment; I haven't cracked a physics book since '89.


Austrian chap. Very keen on geese.
 
2014-02-14 02:39:13 PM
The same percentage of Britons also believe this (and almost as many Germans), but that doesn't make for a good headline so

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Safe bet that at least 90% of those people are both Christian and Republican.


drjekel_mrhyde: I wonder what political party most of them belong to


Tea Parties have a high degree of science literacy, oddly enough..http://www.ijreview.com/2013/10/87474-yale-professors-surpri sing-disco very-tea-party-supporters-scientifically-literate/

meat0918: Why the big push against GMOs and evolution then?


There's not really a big push against evolution.
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Blog/2014/01/02/Sixty-percent-of-Ame ri cans-believe-in-evolution/1821388695948/

It's just more schools are (thank God) not teaching creationism anymore, so the creationists are getting agitated.

Anti-GMOers are pretty stupid.  I was disappointed when the Always Sunny cast came out as anti-GMO.
 
2014-02-14 02:42:26 PM

MayoSlather: Meh, heliocentrism is overrated.


it's just a theory, anyway.
 
2014-02-14 02:53:31 PM

SewerSquirrels: netweavr: SewerSquirrels: Cheron: To be fair I'm currently in the United States and I'm the center of the universe so they just miss read the data.

Bar napkin math tells me that there are objects in your universe traveling ~3,534,291,735 light years per hour.
I guess I can throw all my college physics books away now.

Lorentz that shiat!

First off, my bar napkin math blows (should have been more in the neighborhood of ~916,297,857 light years per hour).
Secondly, you're going to have to help me out with that Lorentz comment; I haven't cracked a physics book since '89.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorentz_transformation
 
2014-02-14 02:56:22 PM

MayoSlather: Meh, heliocentrism is overrated.


www.intriguing.com

It's only a model.
 
2014-02-14 03:00:37 PM
Lies. The center of the universe is nougat.
 
2014-02-14 03:02:26 PM
Well, they're right. The USA is the center of the Universe. And so am I. And so are you. And so is Mars and everything else. There is no center because everywhere is the center.
 
2014-02-14 03:02:34 PM
I believe America is a tool of the wealthy to protect and expand that wealth. BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

We aren't the center of the universe but we are the center of stupid. Because we should know better.
 
2014-02-14 03:08:35 PM
www.skateboardermag.com

For 1 in 4 Americans the answer is not just No, but HELL NO.
 
2014-02-14 03:10:55 PM

AngryDragon: If the Universe is infinite in all directions, then technically every point is the center of the Universe.  So Americans are correct.  We just thought of it first.

Suck it, rest of the Universe!


This.
 
2014-02-14 03:11:07 PM
I'm not even 100% sure the earth and sun exist. I might just be a Boltzmann brain floating in a void thinking all of this in my head.  It really makes posting this seem like a waste of time. 

/Fark valentines day.
 
2014-02-14 03:12:04 PM
The rate of expansion of space is directly proportional to distance. Once you get far enough away, space is expanding faster than the speed of light and you have reached the edge of the observable universe. This means that wherever you are in the universe appears to be the center of a slightly different observable universe.

So, in fact, everyone is at the center of their own personal universe, and we have the science to back it up.
 
2014-02-14 03:14:50 PM

FLMountainMan: The same percentage of Britons also believe this (and almost as many Germans), but that doesn't make for a good headline so

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Safe bet that at least 90% of those people are both Christian and Republican.

drjekel_mrhyde: I wonder what political party most of them belong to

Tea Parties have a high degree of science literacy, oddly enough..http://www.ijreview.com/2013/10/87474-yale-professors-surpri sing-disco very-tea-party-supporters-scientifically-literate/

meat0918: Why the big push against GMOs and evolution then?

There's not really a big push against evolution.
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Blog/2014/01/02/Sixty-percent-of-Ame ri cans-believe-in-evolution/1821388695948/

It's just more schools are (thank God) not teaching creationism anymore, so the creationists are getting agitated.

Anti-GMOers are pretty stupid.  I was disappointed when the Always Sunny cast came out as anti-GMO.


The GOP opposition to climate change has more to do with the politicization of it, and nothing to do with the science.  De-politicize it (assuming that is even possible), and you'll watch that opposition fade.

I'm reading Moral Tribes at the moment, and in there I read that the more conservative people studied showed that the higher a person's scientific literacy and numeracy, the more likely they were to be skeptical of climate change.

Here is the study mentioned in the book http://scholarship.law.gwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1298&conte x t=faculty_publications

Which really, really sucks for outreach and education, because to me it means we can have all the science in the world backing it up, but because a liberal is for it, a conservative is against it, as well as if a conservative is for it, a liberal will be against it.
 
2014-02-14 03:16:10 PM
There is no such thing as "what Americans believe." We can't even agree on what the proper punishment should be for putting ketchup on a hot dog.
 
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