Skepticism

Skepchick Quickies 5.15

Today I bring you an intensely nerdy Quickies post.  After putting this together, I think I need to go put on my Borg shirt and read graphic novels.

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Wait, did anyone really believe Indiana Jones was typical of any real archeologists? I remember a time when fiction and reality were divorced and we knew it, and we were okay with it. Or maybe the problem is just there are stupid people willing to believe anything they see on TV and in the movies nowdays… Yeah, that’s probably it :P

  2. I think people are more media literate “nowadays” than in the past. I remember people seeing the commercial for the board game “Guess Who” and thinking that the cards could actually talk.

    People generally realize there’s a difference between a movie character and those of real archeologists. The problem is that people aren’t very SCIENCE literate so they probably don’t know the extent of that difference.

    Using a cultural icon like Indy to educate people about what scientists actually do is okay by me.

  3. Yeah, it’s a good thing they nipped that knitting thing in the bud before someone accidentally expressed themselves creatively in support of a science fiction show they really like. ‘Cause no one ever does that. [stink eye]

    What the fuck, BBC? Been to a convention lately? Way to bite off the hand that feeds…

  4. So, I was actually expressly forbidden from going into archeology because of those movies…Something about no one being able to put up with singing the theme nonstop for the rest of my life or somesuch… or possibly my already unholy fascination with whips.

    Didn’t stop me from getting my hands on as many cool antiques as I can, though.

  5. The archaeologists I’ve known have all gotten a psychotic gleam in the eye whenever Indiana Jones comes up. And I once had a classmate that I dubbed “Indy” in my head because he matched the stereotype.

    I’ve got the Borg shirt on now because really, who *doesn’t* want to wear a shirt that says “Resistance is Futile” to bed?

  6. I’ve got the Borg shirt on now because really, who *doesn’t* want to wear a shirt that says “Resistance is Futile” to bed?

    Now that’s a mental image I can enjoy.

  7. To be fair about Indy, even other characters in the movies seem to consider his methods to be at best highly unorthodox (if, ultimately successful in achieving the primary aim), and at worst little more than a grave-robber. They generally seem give him a pass, though, because come on. He’s Indiana Jones.

    Also:

    I remember people seeing the commercial for the board game “Guess Who” and thinking that the cards could actually talk.

    …guilty.

    Come on, I was, like, six at the time!

  8. Well to be fair – I suspect even the most anal archaeologist would think twice about breaking out the measuring tapes, rubber gloves and sash brushes when being attacked by hordes of Nazi’s/cultists/angry natives/death traps.

    And even Indy doesn’t generally cause as much damage to the site as Ms Croft.

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