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Old 12-01-2007, 06:57 PM
Limesparks Limesparks is offline
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Default Re: What revolves around the earth?

maybe they were confused by the fact that the moon doesnt revolve around the earth

they revolve about their common center of mass final answer
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Old 12-01-2007, 07:12 PM
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Default Re: What revolves around the earth?

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maybe they were confused by the fact that the moon doesnt revolve around the earth

they revolve about their common center of mass final answer

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Actually all answers were correct because it's all relative and everything revolves around everything, but obviously the intent of the question was A.
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Old 12-01-2007, 07:17 PM
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France is approaching 50% atheist/agnositc, as opposed to less than 10% in the U.S. Need we look any further for the root of their ignorance?


Seriously, though, I wonder if there was something about the way the question was phrased in French that would make it confusing. 58% seems shockingly high.

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There's several factors at play. Multiple choice being one of them. Everyone know that all the objects named are involved in orbiting and if you asked, "Does the moon orbit the earth" you'd get a much higher correct response.

For most on here this may sound strange but people with poorer spatial visualization capability this becomes a merely verbal question. They don't "see" the solar system in 3D like others do when it's mentioned, they don't "see" it at all actually. for them the question could well be of the " who sailed farther, columbus or magellan." type.

Try it as presented on non-SMP types, Oprah watchers, Survivor addicts, could be interesting because you may be thinking " who could get that wrong."

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Old 12-01-2007, 07:22 PM
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Default Re: What revolves around the earth?

Yeah, that makes sense.

Also, from here:

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Dr. Miller's data reveal some yawning gaps in basic knowledge. American adults in general do not understand what molecules are (other than that they are really small). Fewer than a third can identify DNA as a key to heredity. Only about 10 percent know what radiation is. One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth, an idea science had abandoned by the 17th century.

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Old 12-01-2007, 07:33 PM
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Yeah, that makes sense.

Also, from here:

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Dr. Miller's data reveal some yawning gaps in basic knowledge. American adults in general do not understand what molecules are (other than that they are really small). Fewer than a third can identify DNA as a key to heredity. Only about 10 percent know what radiation is. One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth, an idea science had abandoned by the 17th century.

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This is more the level I experience -

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While scientific literacy has doubled over the past two decades, only 20 to 25 percent of Americans are "scientifically savvy and alert," he said in an interview. Most of the rest "don't have a clue."

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that in the 75% range. Unless the topic is sports or pop culture I'd expect above 50% ignorance rates.

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Old 12-02-2007, 12:18 AM
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France is approaching 50% atheist/agnositc, as opposed to less than 10% in the U.S. Need we look any further for the root of their ignorance?


Seriously, though, I wonder if there was something about the way the question was phrased in French that would make it confusing. 58% seems shockingly high.

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maybe they just thought **** him. If he don't know that he deserves to lose.

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Old 12-02-2007, 12:24 AM
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I'm pretty sure the correct answer is tout le reste
(everything else). People are dumb.
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Old 12-02-2007, 01:40 AM
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France is approaching 50% atheist/agnositc, as opposed to less than 10% in the U.S. Need we look any further for the root of their ignorance?


Seriously, though, I wonder if there was something about the way the question was phrased in French that would make it confusing. 58% seems shockingly high.

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maybe they just thought **** him. If he don't know that he deserves to lose.

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Yeah, I had that thought too. You know how those Frenchies are.
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Old 12-02-2007, 01:54 AM
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I will once again point out that Leno's Jay Walking bit would not be funny if they showed all 75 hours of footage they took in order to find those retards

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Old 12-02-2007, 02:03 AM
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What difference does it make if the average person knows the answer or not?
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