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Skepchick Quickies 12.27

Amanda

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

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  1. So if 78% of the American public thinks the temparture is rising, what then? A smaller number of them think the rising temperatures have anything to do with human effects on the environment, and a miniscule number of those are willing and trying to change their lifestyles to remedy the problem.
    I guess it’s interesting to laugh at or depair at the number of denialists that are around, but it seems otherwise a meaningless statistic.
    I need some hope, goddammit! Give me a stat that says fewer people are driving cars, please!

    1. A number I didn’t see in that article was the percentage that Asian-Americans make up of the 18-21 age cohort in the USA. I believe this may have been deliberate–it seemed odd and kludgey that the graph had enrollment percentage as the first y-axis, and absolute number of Asian-Americans in thousands as the second y-axis. I believe the author was tiptoeing around the fact that Asian-Americans continue to be better represented in college admissions than almost any other ethnic subgroup, if not as much so as in the past, for fear it would seem to weaken the argument.

      That said, the “tightening” of the ivy league schools around 17% does indeed look suspicious as hell. I wish he had included a couple other elite non-ivy schools in addition to Caltech. (Are there any?)

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