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There were a couple questions that required minimal computations if you actuall took the whole thing. Most of the terminalogy, like "nano" and "Zygote" would be familiar or understood by anyone keeping up with the feilds of study or perhaps with a background that may have included an understanding of a root language like latin or greek. I am surprised a Philosophy major would miss those specifically. It was Science literacy not aptitude or in-depth knowledge, trivia would refer to less commonly known insignificant bits of information, whereas this was more applicable knowledge to thos in the feilds that woudl use it.
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.
- Eoin O'Carroll, Staff
Interesting to see the above at the top of the test. Many opinions on the above subjects involve religion and politics, not science.
I got 30 out of 50, so 60%--needless to say not very good. My excuse--such as it is--is that I only took two terms each of calculus, and chemistry in college and one of computer science. I last took biology and physics in high school; of the two, I liked biology, but the teacher wasn't very demanding, and I hated physics, mainly because I hadn't studied calculus yet and was in an honors class where most of the folks were in calculus, so I spent much of the year feeling confused.
43/50 -- A solid B. Didn't get "nano" and -- arrgh! -- "zygote," though. Still, not bad for an English/Philosophy major. The biology, chemistry, astronomy, and anthro questions I either remembered or had read about in the centuries since my high school science classes (and I continue to enjoy reading popular science). Classical physics, though -- meh. Never got it and never will. Seemingly my brain has the wrong sort of architecture for comprehending vectors et al.
Anyway, great find, Bird Dog! Thanks for linking to it!
Elizabeth L. Crain
Yes, as your comment and Jose's comment below illustrate, clearly I need to do more reading about science. I didn't do very well on the quiz because I was trying to remember stuff that I learned quickly decades ago and then forgot (if I learned it then, which I hadn't in some instances), having little use for it since then, and having done little reading about science lately, either.
Zygote, though, was one of the things that I remembered from high school biology!