11/3/10 PHD comic: 'If Movie Science was more like Real Science'

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I'm new here and I think this is a fantastic forum!

Anyways, while I generally enjoyed the strip discussed in the thread, a couple of remarks:

In the title, it should spell "If movie science WERE more like real science".
I understand that the subjunctive mood has become quite unfashionable in modern English, but it is still the most appropriate grammatical form for a hypothetical or unlikely statement.

In the first panel "... with alpha <= 0.05 UNcertainty!"
... because a 5% certainty would make Doomsday movies actually 95% less dramatic.


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