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Postby Nikki Nyx » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:36 pm

Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language — and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly. We asked a group of scientists to tell us which scientific terms they believe are the most widely misunderstood. Here are ten of them.
1. proof
2. theory
3. quantum
4. learned v. innate
5. natural
6. gene
7. statistically significant
8. survival of the fittest
9. geologic timescales
10. organic
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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:53 pm

11. orgasmic
12. elephantiasis.
13. Bot fly larva.
14. bathtub gin.
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Postby Io » Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:52 am

15. big bang
16. objective v subjective
17. it's supposed to do that
18. negative results are just as good results as positive results
19. you can't pump {!#%@} into the air, ocean and land all day every day for 200 hundred years and not expect problems
20. double-blind *

* see #14 above

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Postby Gord » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:51 am

21. knowledge
22. belief
23. fact
24. baby vs. foetus
25. lightening vs. lightning
26. "global warming sorry climate change"
27. radiation
28. acid
29. big bang
30. Occam's razor
31. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle
32. skepticism
33. science
34. dark side of the Moon
35. vacuum
36. infinity
37. carbon dating
38. time
39. probability
40. consciousness
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Postby scrmbldggs » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:36 am

45. clean coal
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Lard, save me from your followers.

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Postby Poodle » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:06 am

41 - 44. Conscious Light.

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Postby ElectricMonk » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:40 am

46. Controversy
47. Ivory Tower

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Postby TJrandom » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:51 am

48. Rational/irrational
49. Cure
50. Truth
51. Any number without a unit descriptor

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Postby Austin Harper » Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:33 pm

52. Moist
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Postby Nikki Nyx » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:47 pm

53. evidence (for anything that doesn't qualify as evidence, like "anecdata")
54. literally (No, you didn't "literally" die laughing.)
55. consensus (without identifying the group)
56. minority (except when used in a mathematically correct way)
57. racism v. bigotry v. prejudice (because they're not identically synonymous)
58. feminism (when it includes misandry)
59. conservative, progressive, liberal, and libertarian (when used in a political context)
60. embryo v. fetus (see #24)
61. life
62. liberty
63. Constitutional rights
64. communism, socialism, and fascism (especially when used interchangeably)
65. Nazi
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Postby OlegTheBatty » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:09 pm

66. intelligence
67. replicability
68. hot porcupine sex
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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:03 pm

Philopraxilistisism.
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Postby OlegTheBatty » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:05 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Philopraxilistisism.

No one uses that term properly, not even scientists.
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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:15 pm

OlegTheBatty wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Philopraxilistisism.

No one uses that term properly, not even scientists.

It's not supposed to be used properly, it's not a Victorian era word.
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Antidisestablishmentarianism.
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Postby TJrandom » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:34 pm

Good that neither of those gets numbered... so I don`t have to look them up.

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Postby Nikki Nyx » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:51 pm

At this point, we should probably start a Go Fund Me to equip everyone in the world with a dictionary and a thesaurus.
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Postby Cadmusteeth » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:47 am

Or a list of "scientific terms you need to know"

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Postby Gord » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:14 am

Austin Harper wrote:52. Moist

NEVAR!! :shakefist:
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Postby Aztexan » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:46 am

The consensus is that the theory that Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye have replicable pillow fights underneath conscious light while solving complicated quantum equations dressed as Nazis is further proof of the probable fact that it literally makes me moist.
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Postby Poodle » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:20 am

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Antidisestablishmentarianism.

Floccinaucinihilipilification.

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Postby Monster » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:48 pm

"Theory" is the one that really chaps my hide.
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Postby TJrandom » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:16 pm

Monster wrote:"Theory" is the one that really chaps my hide.


The History channel is forever using `ancient alien theorists`, whatever TF that means.

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Ancient aliens who liked to theorize. Young aliens who liked to theorize had to wait in line until they qualified.
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Postby TJrandom » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:30 pm

OlegTheBatty wrote:Ancient aliens who liked to theorize. Young aliens who liked to theorize had to wait in line until they qualified.


Peoples who migrated out of Africa and thought it was cooler?

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Postby Major Malfunction » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:21 am

Io wrote:18. negative results are just as good results as positive results

When I'm trying to cross the street, a negative search for cars is a positive result.
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Postby TJrandom » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:38 am

Major Malfunction wrote:
Io wrote:18. negative results are just as good results as positive results

When I'm trying to cross the street, a negative search for cars is a positive result.


For you, but maybe not for the beneficiary of your insurance policy... :twisted:

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Postby Major Malfunction » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:04 am

That's what wills are for. ;)
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Postby TJrandom » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:38 am

In my case, I made my wife the owner of the policy on me - so she doesn`t get taxed inheritance and it doesn`t get held until after the legal process runs out. Here they immediately freeze all accounts to which the deceased is a signatory - so it gives my wife ready cash in addition to her own accounts.

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Postby Major Malfunction » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:46 am

I wouldn't eat her cooking, if I were you.
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Postby TJrandom » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:55 am

Its been 45 years - so she is using a very slow acting poison...

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Postby Major Malfunction » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:01 am

She's clever, then...
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(Whatevernumberwe'reon): Fat ass.
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(Whatevernumberwe'reon + 1): That's awesome!
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(Whatevernumberwe'reon + 2): Obnoxious weed. :P (The correct term is "shwag".)
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Postby Nikki Nyx » Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:41 pm

Major Malfunction wrote:
Io wrote:18. negative results are just as good results as positive results
When I'm trying to cross the street, a negative search for cars is a positive result.
If you're 16 years old, and your pregnancy test returns a negative result, it's a positive result.
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Nikki Nyx wrote:
Major Malfunction wrote:
Io wrote:18. negative results are just as good results as positive results
When I'm trying to cross the street, a negative search for cars is a positive result.
If you're 16 years old, and your pregnancy test returns a negative result, it's a positive result.

Especially if you're a guy.
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Postby TJrandom » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:22 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Nikki Nyx wrote:
Major Malfunction wrote:
Io wrote:18. negative results are just as good results as positive results
When I'm trying to cross the street, a negative search for cars is a positive result.
If you're 16 years old, and your pregnancy test returns a negative result, it's a positive result.

Especially if you're a guy.


Been there, huh?

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Postby ElectricMonk » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:11 pm

Ooh!
I have a good one:

XX. The exception that proves the Rule.

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Postby Nikki Nyx » Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:05 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Nikki Nyx wrote:
Major Malfunction wrote:
Io wrote:18. negative results are just as good results as positive results
When I'm trying to cross the street, a negative search for cars is a positive result.
If you're 16 years old, and your pregnancy test returns a negative result, it's a positive result.
Especially if you're a guy.
Yeah, sure. 'Cause having to pay the piper a small percentage of your income for 18 years because you were too lazy to stick a dollar into a condom machine is horrendous. The pregnant teenaged girl only risks death1, anemia, miscarriage, preeclampsia, pregnancy-induced hypertension2, systemic infections, long-term medical complications, social and family stigma (and isolation), disrupted education3, postpartum depression, long-term poverty, and higher rates of domestic violence.

Not to mention the conditions for which the child is at increased risk, including premature birth, low birth weight4, lack of proper nutrition and health care, abuse and neglect, incarceration (boys), teen pregnancy (girls), and lack of education (both).

1 Globally, pregnancy and childbirth are the leading causes of death among girls ages 15 to 19. (WHO)
2 PIH inevitably leads to a Caesarean; doctors won't risk vaginal delivery in a patient with spiking BP. (NIH)
3 Half of teen mothers don't graduate high school (compared to only 10% of teen girls who don't get pregnant). (CDC)
4 Babies with low birth weights are forty times more likely to die and have dramatically increased rates of physical, cognitive, and emotional complications owing to immature organ systems. (CDC)
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