20060114, 02:53  #1 
Jun 2005
2·191 Posts 
Human ignorance at its worst
I cannot believe this. I'm watching "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", and the question was, "among the numbers 2 through 10, how many of them are prime?".
the choices were 2, 3, 4 and 5. The contestent wasn't sure, so he decided to ask te audience. Only 46% of the audience guessed 4, 31% guessed 3. The AOL poll was even worse, tied at 35% each for those 2 answers. Clearly not decisive. Then he phones a friend, and his buddy guesses 3 as well. Fortunately, he for whatever reason doubted his friend and went with the audience. But c'mon! Are that many people *that* ignorant? /rant Last fiddled with by drew on 20060114 at 02:59 
20060114, 08:47  #2  
Aug 2004
italy
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20060114, 11:01  #3 
Jun 2005
Near Beetlegeuse
2^{2}·97 Posts 
I think it was Bertrand Russell who said, "people can be so intelligent, but the people are fools" or something like that. Which explains why things that are very popular almost always resort to the lowest common denominator. The most popular newspapers and TV programmes are not aimed at an intellectual audience, but at the ignorant masses who frequently display a level of intelligence that most primary school children would be ashamed of.
What I find surprising, is that anyone should find this surprising. 
20060114, 18:57  #4  
Cranksta Rap Ayatollah
Jul 2003
641 Posts 
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is it primes in (2,10) or [2,10] ? 

20060114, 19:24  #5 
"Nancy"
Aug 2002
Alexandria
2,467 Posts 
They said "through" which means a closed interval, so the question was well posed.
Alex 
20060114, 20:09  #6  
Jun 2005
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Drew 

20060114, 20:37  #7  
Cranksta Rap Ayatollah
Jul 2003
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20060114, 22:38  #8 
Oct 2004
1000010001_{2} Posts 
A related question which I think even fewer people might get right is how many of the numbers ONE through 10 are prime.

20060114, 22:43  #9  
Jun 2005
2·191 Posts 
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Drew 

20060116, 07:32  #10  
Oct 2004
1021_{8} Posts 
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You see that from 1.. would not be the best choice for a Millionaire game show question. 

20060119, 05:25  #11 
"Juan Tutors"
Mar 2004
571 Posts 
I just told my mom's bosses what a prime number is.

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