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kleinbl00  ·  259 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: General Knowledge Norms, Updated.

So... instead of coming up with new questions they quizzed a bunch of freshmen to see how hard they found their grandparents' pop culture to relate to? This is why no one takes psychology seriously. Here's what I find interesting:

"Fossils" - from 15 to 4

"Migraine" - from 25 to 6

"Shakespeare" - from 30 to 7

"Cheetah" - from 93 to 10

"Tsunami" - from 57 to 16

"Armstrong" - from 53 to 22

"Arson" - from 11 to 24

"Atlantis" - from 63 to 33

"Chameleon" - from 88 to 34

In general, science has fuckin' won over the past 40 years while crime has lost and bullshit pop culture references have fallen by the wayside. Except for ancient aliens bullshit.

And because it's psychologists, of course they've kept a gotcha question with multiple possible answers for 40 years ("WHICH PRECIOUS GEM IS RED?"). Trust me, nobody knows the difference between precious and semi-precious stones and spinels, garnets and carnelian are also red. Multiply by every other trade in there, no doubt.

veen  ·  259 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There’s different things one can take away from this, like how incredibly fast the percentage of correct answers drops off. I found it interesting primarily because it so clearly shows just how my perception of general knowledge diverts from the norm; whether there was any through line in what kinds of questions I got right more often versus what I got wrong more often. (Geography/science and movies/pop culture, respectively.) I was surprised to learn that 18% of those asked think Africa is a country, and that more people knew about a chameleon than about a compass.

Plus it’s a fun game to play with one’s SO.

kleinbl00  ·  259 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah- I dispute the "general" in "general knowledge."