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Wiki: List Of Common Misconceptions

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Female, 18-29, Canada
 213 Posts
Saturday, March 12, 2011 9:27:15 PM
The extent of my own education boggles me sometimes.

Female, 13-17, Southern US
 155 Posts
Sunday, February 06, 2011 3:52:51 PM
I never knew anything until today.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 11 Posts
Saturday, February 05, 2011 6:48:16 PM
"Evolution does not claim humans evolved from monkeys...This common ancestor diverged into separate lineages" oddly enough, my priest taught me that

Male, 18-29, Canada
 420 Posts
Saturday, February 05, 2011 1:42:38 AM
258 references... <3

Male, 30-39, Australia
 59 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 11:55:06 PM
This would be good if it weren't for the fact that several are incorrect. Take gyroscopic stability, for example. Even the references state it is an important factor in balancing a bicycle. Whether it is "required" would depend on a variety of factors, such as the weight and skill of the rider. i.e. Yes, a skilled rider can perform a "track stand", but gyroscopic forces sure make riding a flop-load easier!

Male, 30-39, Australia
 25267 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 7:22:33 PM

Male, 18-29, Canada
 487 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 4:59:30 PM
my entire world has been rocked... I effectively know nothing today. drat you jimmy whales.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 12392 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 4:28:46 PM
Wikipedia is frequently as reliable, or slightly less reliable than the Brittanica.

Which is another misconception.

You're (maybe unknowingly) quoting a false conclusion from a deeply flawed study.

Firstly, even the content-free media release showed a significant difference.

Secondly, the study counted errors in spelling as being equal to errors in content.

Thirdly, the study repeatedly counted spelling errors in Britannica when in fact Britannica had the correct spelling and the people doing the study had an incorrect spelling or an accepted alternative spelling.

Fourthly, the study counted unchecked and unsubstantiate opinions as fact, i.e. if they thought Britannica was wrong they counted it as being wrong. Even if it wasn't.

Female, 18-29, Canada
 423 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 4:24:26 PM
Of course the mythbusters had to be mentionned as having busted one of those common misconceptions :)

Male, 70 & Over, Australia
 12 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 3:27:16 PM
Consider this:

0.999° x 10 = 9.999°
9.999° - 0.999° = 9

Leaving 9/10 of 9.999°

9 / 9 = 1

Taking it back to 1/10 that was 0.999° at the start

Male, 18-29, Canada
 20 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 11:31:31 AM
For the .9~ thing, its kind of ridiculous because if something infinitely approaches 1 then it will always be less than 1. Theoretically it isn't 1 then so I would agree with the people that wrote that it isn't 1 on the test. However, because things are finite, seeing as mathematics has to do with reality, any number that is infinitely close to approaching a number is impossible since there isn't even such thing as something infinitely divided so it would have to realistically be the number it is approaching.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 153 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 10:28:51 AM
this while 0.(9) discussion reminds me of the the Dichotomy Paradox (second one down)

Male, 18-29, Canada
 497 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 8:44:24 AM
Also, that's why 10/3 is .3333333333333333333~

Male, 18-29, Canada
 497 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 8:43:41 AM

In Calculus and Physics, we use the limit part of a function and the significant digits for this reason.
In actual practice, there is that no equipment will measure to infinite precision, so significant digits and the limit function are the best we can do.

There are two ways of looking at the .9999~ thing:

1/9 = .111111111111111111111~
8/9 = .888888888888888888888~
1/9+8/9 = 9/9 = 1

When you consider it, it makes sense.
.9999999999999 does NOT equal one.
However, .9999999999999~ is just another way of writing 1.

Again, in practice, you will never ever have to worry about whether or not .99999999999~ is equal to 1. But it technically is.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 6716 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 7:48:31 AM
Common Misconception. Im a push over.
Common Misconception. I wont kick your a$$.
Common Misconception. Im not cool.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 34663 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 7:43:20 AM
about .999etc = 1

Oh, well if you are gonna round up to the nearest whole number then DUH, of course!

Nobody said anything about rounding up.

Stupid mathmaticians. I'm gonna go kick some math geek ass now.

Male, 40-49, Southern US
 3304 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 7:42:57 AM
@cluffy: Look at the bright side. At least you learned the Earth isn't flat.

Female, 18-29, Canada
 1767 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 7:39:14 AM
I remember being taught about the toung has differnt sides for differnt tastes. I remember when I was little thinking it didn't make any sence. Its crazy what I learned from school turned out to be wrong. makes you think what else you learn was wrong

Male, 30-39, Europe
 50 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 6:18:11 AM
was it me or has most of that stuff been on QI

Female, 18-29, Western US
 12 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 3:48:45 AM
Think about this !!!

Male, 18-29, Asia
 86 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 3:11:09 AM
should we be happy or sad that there's only 1 misconception in mathematics lol

Male, 18-29, Europe
 903 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 1:16:52 AM

Proven in many different ways. They are not just "almost exactly the same", they are the same. Just two different ways of writing the same number.

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 63 Posts
Friday, February 04, 2011 12:00:53 AM
I'm pretty stoned at 3 am and I only made it to the Obama not being Muslim one before I realised it was bullpoo.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 2994 Posts
Thursday, February 03, 2011 11:33:02 PM

i'll have to come back to this when its not 1:30am

Male, 18-29, Europe
 3088 Posts
Thursday, February 03, 2011 11:17:54 PM
@SpookyDoom76 why?

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