Are you scientifically literate? Take the quiz!

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    Feb 27, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    You may have an opinion on climate change, evolution education, stem-cell research, and science funding. But do you have the facts to back up your opinion? This quiz will test your basic scientific literacy.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/1209/Are-you-scientifically-literate-Take-our-quiz/Composing-about-78-percent-of-the-air-at-sea-level-what-is-the-most-common-gas-in-the-Earth-s-atmosphere

    I got a 43/50

    Too many planet and physics questions icon_mad.gif
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    Feb 27, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
    slow as hell... my browser is stuck at question 6..

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    Feb 28, 2012 1:10 AM GMT
    I got 90% so far...stopped at question 10 cause the site is slow and the questions are mostly stupid.
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    Feb 28, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    I missed 20 of the damned things... sigh
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    Feb 28, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    I got 6 out of 7 but the damn website had too many widgets on it and took forever to fucking load so I stopped.
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    Feb 28, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    42/50.

    Astronomy, geology, meteorology and anthropology don't belong in there.
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    Feb 28, 2012 1:39 AM GMT
    Quiz results


    36
    Correct

    14
    Wrong

    You answered 36 of 50 questions correctly for a total score of 72%.
  • conservativej...

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    Feb 28, 2012 2:04 AM GMT
    I'm pissed. And I will be pissed for a month. I missed the one about the postage stamp and the BRONTOSAURUS. Damn.

    49/50.
  • commoncoll

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    Feb 28, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    46/50
    The question with cell division should have two correct answers because meiosis is also divided into same subsections. Although they happen twice in meiosis and only once in mitosis.

    It tests memory, not scientific literacy. I learned pretty much all of this stuff in elementary and middle school. People would forget that if you don't stay in sciences. The physics questions were good, you had to know the principles and understand them.
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    Feb 28, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    I didn't do nearly as well as I thought I would. :/ I'm fine with astronomical questions and such, but not so good at "who created what unit of measure" stuff.
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    Feb 28, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    thenes saidI didn't do nearly as well as I thought I would. :/ I'm fine with astronomical questions and such, but not so good at "who created what unit of measure" stuff.


    Scientists aren't generalists... they're specialists icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 28, 2012 2:21 AM GMT
    96% - 2 wrong: Brontosaurus is a thunder lizard and Eris is a large planetoid beyond pluto - Now I know!

    If only I'd read the entire thread I'd have at least gotten the brontosaurus question right.
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    Feb 28, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    I got 29 right and 21 wrong lol
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    Feb 28, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    i never liked science. i got 4 on the first 10. i quit. but i just added a much more fun test about personality in group activities. try that icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 28, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    adam228 said
    thenes saidI didn't do nearly as well as I thought I would. :/ I'm fine with astronomical questions and such, but not so good at "who created what unit of measure" stuff.
    Scientists aren't generalists... they're specialists icon_razz.gif
    Agreed. I'm a geographer, though, so I'm definitely a generalist.


    I didn't know geographers were scientists icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 28, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    I find it amusing that the test is on the Christian Science website. icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:09 AM GMT
    35/50 and I'm happy about that lol. I was familiar with all the names and units, but couldn't match them with each other.
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    adam228 said
    Trollileo said
    adam228 said
    thenes saidI didn't do nearly as well as I thought I would. :/ I'm fine with astronomical questions and such, but not so good at "who created what unit of measure" stuff.
    Scientists aren't generalists... they're specialists icon_razz.gif
    Agreed. I'm a geographer, though, so I'm definitely a generalist.
    I didn't know geographers were scientists icon_razz.gif
    There's a lot more science in geography than one would think.


    That's what everyone says ;)
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    45. Ugh.
  • rafiki87

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    Feb 28, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    48/50... the astrophysics questions were tricky...
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
    stupid questions
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
    You answered 29 of 50 questions correctly for a total score of 58%. icon_sad.gif

    So glad that quiz didn't make me register to see my results. I was starting to lose interest after the 20th question. icon_lol.gif
  • A_1991

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    Feb 28, 2012 4:16 AM GMT
    37/50, I hated those stupid questions on "who found this" or the physic questions! How am I suppose to know anything on physics if I never took it!
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:24 AM GMT
    43/50 I really thought I would do better. I'm pretty good at factoids, for a classical musician!
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    Feb 28, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
    44/50

    However, I take issue with the quiz. The questions have nothing to do with scientific literacy—it was merely a list of questions about random scientific facts that can be easily memorized or deduced.

    In my opinion, what truly determines scientific literacy is knowledge and understanding of the scientific method, philosophy of science, peer review process, and epistemology. Someone who is scientifically literate should also be able to understand the basic findings of a study and correct the often erroneous explanation of said study by the media. (The media does a horrible job of summarizing studies and their implications.) A scientifically literate person should be able to refute the claims of a creationist.

    A Better Question for the Quiz Would Be:

    Concerning the scientific method, list in order of importance (1 to 4, with 1 being most important): Facts, Theories, Laws, & Hypothese.