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Scientists and stereotypes

  1. Jan 10, 2006 #1

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4596662.stm
    :rofl: Funny thing is ... this is EXACTLY how I picture about 75% of you! :biggrin:
     
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    wild hair - check
    lab coat - nope
    staring eyes - how would I know?
    coke-bottle glasses - nope, no glasses
    a withered hand - only after swimming for eight hours
    "MAD" - probably
     
  4. Jan 10, 2006 #3
    What about the other 25%? What pictures come to mind for them?
     
  5. Jan 10, 2006 #4

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    various creatures for the most part, I guess. Penguins, puppies, bears, sasquatches (not sure of plural form here), aliens, etc.
     
  6. Jan 10, 2006 #5

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    oh, and jellyfish.
     
  7. Jan 10, 2006 #6

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    Kids are stupid
     
  8. Jan 10, 2006 #7
    Out of the mouths of babes and fools comes wisdom. Scientists are all Montgomery Burns in a lab coat with coke bottle glasses.
     
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    Yeah, it's kinda like the cafeteria at Universal Studios around here, isn't it?
     
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    That's an excellent way to describe it!!! :smile:
     
  11. Jan 10, 2006 #10

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    Well, the part about being insane is not adequate, maybe a bit eccentric ok?
     
  12. Jan 10, 2006 #11

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    That's because the only scientists most kids can identify with are either the big picture of Einstein posted on the classroom wall, or the mad scientist characters in the cartoons, which look a lot like Einstein, with coke bottle glasses, holding a flask of something green and bubbling.
     
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  14. Jan 10, 2006 #13

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    So that's what moonbear looks like...

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  15. Jan 10, 2006 #14
    Yeah, whereas they actually look like this:
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    Oh!! So THAT explains all the mice!!!
     
  17. Jan 10, 2006 #16
    Obviously a biologist. No physicist would scorn the law of gravity in such a cavalier fashion.
     
  18. Jan 10, 2006 #17

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    They actually had a similiar thing for mathematicians.

    The result was that kids saw them as old and grumpy.
     
  19. Jan 10, 2006 #18

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    haha google mathematicians and its like 9:1 black and white:color photos of mathematicians. I guess all the good ones are dead :P
     
  20. Jan 10, 2006 #19

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    My God! It's true!:eek: :eek: :eek:
    http://images.google.com/images?svnum=10 &hl=en&lr=&q=young+good-looking+mathematicians&btnG=Search
     
  21. Jan 10, 2006 #20
    Moonbear, I believe with Pengwuino's post about you, you would have enough to make a case against him with that new annoyance law. I will testify as a witness if you need me to :smile:
     
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