Ad
Ad
Ad
Pages: [1]   Bottom of Page
Print
Author Topic: Take the 'ignorance test'  (Read 1325 times)
Isaac
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 2319


« on: November 07, 2013, 11:32:26 AM »
ReplyReply

How much do you know about the world?

I got one wrong but then cheated by assuming my first thought was wrong and picking one of the two remaining alternatives.
« Last Edit: November 07, 2013, 02:14:07 PM by Isaac » Logged
BernardLanguillier
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 7523



WWW
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2013, 10:51:29 PM »
ReplyReply

Oops... got 6 wrong...

Cheers,
Bernard
Logged

A few images online here!
Ray
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 8812


« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2013, 11:13:48 PM »
ReplyReply

I think the problem here, Isaac, is that bad news is generally given far greater coverage in the media than good news, and such bad news is often exaggerated to create a greater emotional impact on the reader or viewer, particularly when there's a political agenda involved.

Also many of the questions in your linked poll relate to the future state of the world, and predictions of the future can be notoriously unreliable.
I think it's understandable that many folks will confuse 'proportion' with actual quantities, and not be clear on the distinction between 'extreme' poverty and plain, common poverty. Whilst both the proportion and actual quantity of the world population living in extreme poverty may have decreased over the past 30 years, according to the standards used to describe such extreme poverty, the actual number of individuals living in just plain poverty may not have decreased, depending on the definition used.

A classic case of confusion and misrepresentation of an issue which is very much in the public consciousness at present, especially in Australia where a new government has recently dismantled a carbon tax, is the issue of anthropogenic climate change.
It amazes me how politicised and unscientific the media reports have become, and/or always were, in relation to this subject.
Logged
Christoph C. Feldhaim
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 2508


There is no rule! No - wait ...


« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2013, 11:54:58 PM »
ReplyReply

Okay - we are all ignorant.
What now?
Logged

ErikKaffehr
Sr. Member
****
Online Online

Posts: 6897


WWW
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2013, 12:01:44 AM »
ReplyReply

Hi,

7/9, but I cheated. I have seen the original presentation by Hans Rosing a few years ago. I missed out renewable energy and average education for women.

Best regards
Erik
Logged

Petrus
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 458


« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2013, 01:34:49 AM »
ReplyReply

7/9, no cheating.
Logged
Sareesh Sudhakaran
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 533


WWW
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2013, 05:47:34 AM »
ReplyReply

"Chimp" level. I've got to stop reading about cameras. Not a single question about sensors or pixels.
Logged

Get the Free Comprehensive Guide to Rigging ANY Camera - one guide to rig them all - DSLRs to the Arri Alexa.
Ray
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 8812


« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2013, 08:06:10 AM »
ReplyReply

Okay - we are all ignorant.
What now?

Of course we are all ignorant, but not on every aspect of every subject.

There are certain things we know that we know, and other things that we know we don't know. There are also things that we think we don't know but in fact we do know, and other things that we don't know that we don't know.  Grin
Logged
Jim Pascoe
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 707


WWW
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2013, 12:50:37 PM »
ReplyReply

The programme went out on BBC2 last night, and although I had seen some of the presentation on TED a while back, the whole hour was very interesting.  Looking at projected population growth and realising that it will probably peak at around 11 billion means that there are only 4 billion to go!  The point was that a lot of commonly held beliefs are actually quite dated.  And Hans Rosen is quite a presenter too!

Jim
Logged
Christoph C. Feldhaim
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 2508


There is no rule! No - wait ...


« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2013, 12:56:34 PM »
ReplyReply

The programme went out on BBC2 last night, and although I had seen some of the presentation on TED a while back, the whole hour was very interesting.  Looking at projected population growth and realising that it will probably peak at around 11 billion means that there are only 4 billion to go!  The point was that a lot of commonly held beliefs are actually quite dated.  And Hans Rosen is quite a presenter too!

Jim

Does peaking at 11*10E6 mean birth rate and death by hunger and war will even out then?
Logged

Isaac
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 2319


« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2013, 01:02:16 PM »
ReplyReply

death by hunger and war

"In 2011, an estimated 55 million people died worldwide" and "[a]bout 5.8 million people die each year as a result of injuries" and war accounts for about 3% of injury deaths; so, very roughly, war accounts for 0.3% of deaths worldwide.

(Incidentally, I haven't a clue about this stuff until I look it up -- so thanks for prompting me to find out.)
« Last Edit: November 08, 2013, 01:55:40 PM by Isaac » Logged
Jim Pascoe
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 707


WWW
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2013, 04:41:30 PM »
ReplyReply

Does peaking at 11*10E6 mean birth rate and death by hunger and war will even out then?


Apparently we have already reached peak birthrate and we will remain at around 2bn children for the rest of the century.  But as life expectancy across the world improves the population will continue to grow until the end of the century and then peak.  About 1bn people are now classified as in absolute poverty and needing to worry about feeding themselves, a rate that is rapidly falling. Global warming is seen as the biggest danger rather than population growth itself.  Interestingly across the globe, two children per family is now the norm.

Jim
Logged
Rob C
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 12215


« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2013, 03:43:51 AM »
ReplyReply

All I can deduce from this is that there's a helluve lot of sex around. Strange; I had sort of imagined it had gone out of fashion...

;-(

Rob C
Logged

Jim Pascoe
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 707


WWW
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2013, 10:35:12 AM »
ReplyReply

All I can deduce from this is that there's a helluve lot of sex around. Strange; I had sort of imagined it had gone out of fashion...

;-(

Rob C

Just more people practising these days but less babies......
Logged
Rob C
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 12215


« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2013, 10:56:44 AM »
ReplyReply

Just more people practising these days but less babies......


I told you we did it better in the Golden Age!

Rob C
Logged

Pages: [1]   Top of Page
Print
Jump to:  

Ad
Ad
Ad