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ccmanuals
10-24-2013, 11:01 AM
http://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/science-knowledge/



You answered 13 of 13 questions correctly.

This quiz is a joint effort between the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine.

See below how your results compare with the 1,006 randomly sampled adults that took part in our national survey and review how you responded to each question. You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7%. For more findings from the survey, read "Public's Knowledge of Science and Technology."

Flying Orca
10-24-2013, 11:05 AM
That test is so basic, I'm a little bit afraid that any reasonably informed, high-school-educated person could get any of the questions wrong.

ccmanuals
10-24-2013, 11:08 AM
That test is so basic, I'm a little bit afraid that any reasonably informed, high-school-educated person could get any of the questions wrong.

Agree, but did you look at the stats at the end?

Jim Bow
10-24-2013, 11:16 AM
1 wrong.

Flying Orca
10-24-2013, 11:21 AM
Agree, but did you look at the stats at the end?

I did, and they scare me.

Full Tilt
10-24-2013, 11:42 AM
1 wrong.

Hope it wasn't one of the last two.

Keith Wilson
10-24-2013, 11:51 AM
13/13. Very, very basic. Except for fracking, which hadn't been invented yet, I probably could have answered them all in 6th grade.

Autonomous
10-24-2013, 11:51 AM
...did you look at the stats at the end?

I did. Disturbing.

Katherine
10-24-2013, 11:54 AM
13 correct out of 13 for me

Canoez
10-24-2013, 12:03 PM
I had a tougher exam yesterday as part of a forklift training course. 13/13.

S/V Laura Ellen
10-24-2013, 12:19 PM
I scored better that 93% of the people.
That is very disturbing.
I'm hoping the most people that saw the quiz got bored half way through and didn't finish the quiz.

ccmanuals
10-24-2013, 12:22 PM
I have no doubt that the folks on this list will do much better than the rest of the populace. The stats on the end are the disturbing part of this.

Syed
10-24-2013, 12:33 PM
You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7%.

Willin'
10-24-2013, 12:59 PM
The youngest demographic did surprisingly well, I find that encouraging. Also, there appears to be a strong correlation between advanced education and chosing the correct answer to extremely basic multiple choice questions. No conclusion here, just pointing out the obvious.

John Smith
10-24-2013, 02:01 PM
That test is so basic, I'm a little bit afraid that any reasonably informed, high-school-educated person could get any of the questions wrong.

I got one wrong. When I checked which one I found I knew the answer and must have made a mistake in selection.

David G
10-24-2013, 02:15 PM
I'm NOT Bill Nye.

I got wrong - composition of the atmosphere. Nitrogen is the largest component? Never knew that.

pefjr
10-24-2013, 03:05 PM
I got 5 right out of 13 , but I got my education in the South, and I'm not a Mensa member.

Chip-skiff
10-24-2013, 03:12 PM
I got 5 right out of 13 , but I got my education in the South, and I'm not a Mensa member.

You scored better than 54% of chimps and 68% of Republican members of the House of Representatives.

Stiletto
10-24-2013, 03:19 PM
!3/13 here. The stats are disconcerting.

bob winter
10-24-2013, 03:22 PM
That test is a bit of a joke. Most of that stuff, I have known since I was a teenager. As mentioned above, fracking did not exist back then but anybody who reads the news would know what it is.

The scary thing is 90 odd percent scored less that 13/13.

Tom Montgomery
10-24-2013, 03:57 PM
13/13

A very basic test. 93% did worse? Scary.

Bud... you are a brave man to admit to your 5/13 result on the WBF.

PeterSibley
10-24-2013, 04:13 PM
12 out of 13 . I'm embarrassed !:o

You scored better than 85% of the public, below 7% and the same as 8%.
I'm also rather worried about the "public" they refer to .

PhaseLockedLoop
10-24-2013, 04:25 PM
I got my 13 correct.

Answering absolutely randomly would get you between 4 and 5 right (on average). If you knew a few, and who wouldn't, your score would go up from there. So the results were a little puzzling. Being a telephone quiz lets in some noise.

Breaking down the results from 1,006 people into ten sub-groups gives you ridiculously small sample sizes. That's the 14th question (unstated) and I wonder how many got that one right?

Scot McPherson
10-24-2013, 04:42 PM
I got 13 also. Did any of you look at the breakout below? It's pretty scary.


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Clarkey
10-24-2013, 04:51 PM
Yes, the breakdown at the end is truly terrifying. I wouldn't employ anyone for an even remotely technical role if they didn't get 13.

LeeG
10-24-2013, 05:41 PM
Looks like a reasonable distribution. I don't see why you folks are surprised by the responses.

Robbie 2
10-24-2013, 06:37 PM
12/13

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10-24-2013, 06:57 PM
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You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7%.

BrianW
10-24-2013, 07:47 PM
You answered 13 of 13 questions correctly.

Number 14 stumped me for a while. I took a bathroom break and the answer came to me.

Rich Jones
10-24-2013, 08:38 PM
13/13 And I'm not that smart a fellow. Scary if I'm considered smarter than most.

I thought women were supposed to be smarter than men in the sciences, yet they only outscored the men on two questions.

Todd D
10-24-2013, 09:01 PM
That was so basic. However, having taught science at a university for nearly 30 years I am not at all surprised at the results for the general population. Frankly, I doubt many of the students in my 101 type classes would have done any better than 50%.

Durnik
10-24-2013, 09:06 PM
13 of 13, tho like 'fracking', I don't recall this from 6th grade..


Does nanotechnology deal with things that are extremely...

or did I just nap too much? ;-)

enjoy
bobby

pefjr
10-24-2013, 09:13 PM
13/13

A very basic test. 93% did worse? Scary.

Bud... you are a brave man to admit to your 5/13 result on the WBF.I think we should grade on a curve, then with my two handicaps I maybe could get up around 93%.

Syed
10-24-2013, 11:59 PM
Had I taken this over phone, I certainly would have not got 13/13. IMO it is a flawed comparison.

htom
10-25-2013, 12:27 AM
13/13. We're doomed. Yes, except for fracking, all of this is from before high school (1962 is when I started that.)

LeeG
10-25-2013, 12:54 AM
We're doomed? He'll yes we are. 10yrs ago we invaded Iraq because a Stalinist dictator was going to give nukes to a terrorist organization that hates Stalinist dictatorships when there was NO proof simply lame ass associations like seven links to Kevin Bacon. Now we have plutocrats convincing people that climate scientists don't know what they're talking about like tobacco companies were saying cigarette smoke doesn't cause cancer.

The results on this test are right in line with our countries critical thinking ability.

PeterSibley
10-25-2013, 01:45 AM
I scored the worst of any, 12 out of 13 and frankly I'm embarrassed . But then I'm a high school educated carpenter, no university education if moderately well read.

Where do the 85% I'm supposed to exceed come from ?????

The Bigfella
10-25-2013, 03:21 AM
I scored the worst of any, 12 out of 13 and frankly I'm embarrassed . But then I'm a high school educated carpenter, no university education if moderately well read.

Where do the 85% I'm supposed to exceed come from ?????

America

The Bigfella
10-25-2013, 03:21 AM
... sorry, I couldn't resist.

15/15

Full Tilt
10-25-2013, 08:48 AM
. 15/15

2 more than anyone else.

Hmmm?

David W Pratt
10-25-2013, 09:46 AM
13/13
Fracking, Nano, and carbon dioxide were the only ones I didn't learn in HS

Mrleft8
10-25-2013, 09:56 AM
I picked random answers without looking at the questions and got 12/13.

Durnik
10-25-2013, 10:09 AM
http://forum.woodenboat.com/images/misc/quote_icon.png Originally Posted by The Bigfella http://forum.woodenboat.com/images/buttons/viewpost-right.png (http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?p=3948211#post3948211)
. 15/15



2 more than anyone else.

Hmmm?

He got his age group & gender correct, & frankly, I'm glad to hear it! Gawd bless his soul.. ;-)

enjoy
bobby

Captain Intrepid
10-25-2013, 10:17 AM
13/13. I knew most of that stuff even before I got to high school. I guess the modern education system isn't all that bad after all.

PeterSibley
10-25-2013, 05:21 PM
I scored the worst of any, 12 out of 13 and frankly I'm embarrassed . But then I'm a high school educated carpenter, no university education if moderately well read.

Where do the 85% I'm supposed to exceed come from ?????

Asking again .

Gordon Bartlett
10-25-2013, 07:11 PM
I'm guessing they come from all over, but they're not "moderately well read". I thought the biggest surprise in the stats was that only 58% of college grads knew that a laser is not "focused sound waves". Perhaps the question was worded awkwardly on the phone?

Y Bar Ranch
10-25-2013, 07:20 PM
How many people use on a daily basis the knowledge that...

- Nitrogen makes up most of the atmosphere? I thought it was all gas?

- Which blood cells carry oxygen? What? there are cells in there? I thought it was a liquid?

- Where has my continent been, and where is it going? It is essentially motionless in my lifespan.

- Is all radioactivity man-made or not? All the important radioactivity is. See Fukishima, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.

My grandmother would have flunked most of this but knew how to deliver babies, shoot squirrels with her .22, and cook southern style.

htom
10-25-2013, 07:59 PM
Only one Spice missed was nitrogen. She's been kicking herself all day over that, can't imagine why she chose oxygen.

hokiefan
10-25-2013, 08:15 PM
How many people use on a daily basis the knowledge that...

- Nitrogen makes up most of the atmosphere? I thought it was all gas?

- Which blood cells carry oxygen? What? there are cells in there? I thought it was a liquid?

- Where has my continent been, and where is it going? It is essentially motionless in my lifespan.

- Is all radioactivity man-made or not? All the important radioactivity is. See Fukishima, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.

My grandmother would have flunked most of this but knew how to deliver babies, shoot squirrels with her .22, and cook southern style.

I was somewhat surprised that the nitrogen question was missed by the largest percentage of the test respondents. That said, the general composition of air is a fact that I use on a regular basis at work. Knowing how much oxygen is in a vessel is pretty important if you want to remove that oxygen to ensure a non-flammable atmosphere. Which is pretty important in terms of keeping things from going boom.

Cheers,

Bobby

Hollingsworth
10-25-2013, 08:19 PM
13 for 13, but I stayed up all night studying before I took the quiz.

I think I did ok for a "some college" participant. I dropped out of college after I ran out of money for tuition and (apparently) after I learned everything I needed to know about science.

PeterSibley
10-25-2013, 08:28 PM
I just went through and looked at the answers and I can't imagine which one I got wrong, I'll put it down to a miss finger !

seanz
10-25-2013, 09:02 PM
Only one Spice missed was nitrogen. She's been kicking herself all day over that, can't imagine why she chose oxygen.

Because it's the most important one to us?
:)

There was only on question that I had to read carefully ( the drug test one, had to make sure I got it round the right way) bit surprised I got them all correct because I sort of raced through the questions and there's always the chance of a 'miss-click'.
Now another chance to get something wrong ;)

44% of those tested were wrong on 3 to 6 of those questions. So that's out of the whoops or miss-click range......bit of a worry.

Garret
10-25-2013, 10:14 PM
2 more than anyone else.

Hmmm?

He's proud of guessing his gender correctly ;)

Oh yeah - 13/13 (15/15 by Bigfella's scale - though I was confused whether they meant my chronological age - or how old I act)

Full Tilt
10-25-2013, 11:27 PM
He's proud of guessing his gender correctly ;)


I'll bet he peeked.

The Bigfella
10-26-2013, 12:53 AM
I've got a pretty good handle on my gender, thank you

hokiefan
10-26-2013, 01:14 AM
I've got a pretty good handle on my gender, thank you

Must practice regularly. :d

What a slow pitch...

The Bigfella
10-26-2013, 02:00 AM
Must practice regularly. :d

What a slow pitch...



Come again?