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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 04 2007,11:23   

Got Religion?
Do you have a good basic knowledge of world religions? Take our religious literacy quiz to find out.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id....ionQuiz


Making the page reload between every goddam question is among the stupidest web designs ever, but the quiz is still kind of interesting.

Their coding is all f&^$ed up. I got 15/15, which it says is 107%.

   
keiths



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 04 2007,14:36   

If you get all of the answers correct, your score is 200% after the first question, 150% after the second, 133% after the third, and so on.

Clearly, the bug is that the programmer initialized the number of right answers to 1 instead of 0.  So after one question your score is 2 correct out of 1 total, or 200%.  After two questions it 3 out of 2, or 150%.  After three it is 4 out of 3, or 133%.  After 15 it is 16 out of 15, or 107%.

Not very intelligently designed.  I wonder if DaveTard coded it?

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Kristine



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 04 2007,21:20   

Yeah! I got one answer wrong (them darn Mormons) and it gave me 100%.

Is it me, or is that quiz really...uh...easy?

Because if it's actually hard for most Americans, then holy crap! Even if we let intelligent design be taught in schools, they'll just be as butt-ignorant about that, too!

Be careful what you wish for, Dembski. Don't glorify the "unwashed masses" too much--remember that your minions in Dover didn't really know (or care) what ID was, either. :p

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keiths



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 04 2007,22:01   

Quote (Kristine @ Mar. 04 2007,21:20)
Is it me, or is that quiz really...uh...easy?

Because if it's actually hard for most Americans, then holy crap! Even if we let intelligent design be taught in schools, they'll just be as butt-ignorant about that, too!

Apparently it is hard for most Americans.  Stephen Prothero, the professor of religion who wrote the quiz for Newsweek, had an article in the Christian Science Monitor on the subject:

A Nation of Religious Illiterates
 
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Although Americans are far more religious than Europeans, they know far less about religion.

In Europe, religious education is the rule from the elementary grades on. So Austrians, Norwegians, and the Irish can tell you about the seven deadly sins or the five pillars of Islam. But, according to a 1997 poll, only 1 out of 3 US citizens is able to name the most basic of Christian texts - the four Gospels - and 12 percent think Noah's wife was Joan of Arc. That paints a picture of a nation that believes God speaks in Scripture but that can't be bothered to read what he has to say.


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And the set of natural numbers is also the set that starts at 0 and goes to the largest number.  -- Joe G

Please stop putting words into my mouth that don't belong there and thoughts into my mind that don't belong there. -- KF

  
J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 05 2007,09:33   

World Religions?  Yes, it is very important to "Know Your Enemy".

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Gullibility is not a virtue - Quidam on Dembski's belief in the Bible Code Faith Healers & ID 7/08

UD is an Unnatural Douchemagnet. - richardthughes 7/11

  
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