Wesley R. Elsberry posted Entry 3076 on April 17, 2007 05:00 PM.
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Over at After the Bar Closes, Steve Story has set up a poll asking for educational background from PT/AtBC participants. With 90 responses in, the results so far are:

  1. PhD Science 32 [35.56%]
  2. PhD Humanities 3 [3.33%]
  3. BS/BA/Ma Science 39 [43.33%]
  4. BS/BA/Ma Humanities 13 [14.44%]
  5. High School 3 [3.33%]
  6. Lots of Scientific American 0 [0.00%]
  7. I Done Readed a Lot on the Internets 0 [0.00%]

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Comment #170525

Posted by txjak on April 17, 2007 6:06 PM (e)

I couldn’t register. No matter what I tried it said the two passwords I entered didn’t match. I tried both Firefox and Opera.

What’s up with that?

Comment #170528

Posted by PoxyHowzes on April 17, 2007 6:51 PM (e)

Ok, don’t give us MS’s a box to tick. (Goes away, ticked off…)

Comment #170530

Posted by Dean Morrison on April 17, 2007 7:05 PM (e)

I’ve set up a similar thing on Ben Goldacre’s ‘Bad Science site to compare with UK’ish people of a similar bent:

http://badscience.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=3592…

Comment #170532

Posted by Wesley R. Elsberry on April 17, 2007 7:56 PM (e)

I interpreted the “Ma” as master’s generically.

Not sure about the failure to register. The IP addresses of banned people would result in that behavior, though, as one class of possible explanation.

Comment #170534

Posted by Scott Simmons on April 17, 2007 8:02 PM (e)

And what’s a BS Science/Humanities double major to do, hmmm?

Comment #170535

Posted by steve s on April 17, 2007 8:08 PM (e)

Yeah, I meant Ma to mean any kind of Master’s. That’s the second attempt at the poll. The first attempt had a distinction between ‘soft science’ and ‘hard science’, which is a distinction I don’t believe in, and was stupid to make.

Comment #170538

Posted by LEW on April 17, 2007 8:14 PM (e)

add another Bachelors Science. I’m not gonna bother to register and vote.

Comment #170539

Posted by Kevin on April 17, 2007 8:17 PM (e)

BA Mathematics!

and lots of that internet/sci amer/sci fi readings

Comment #170541

Posted by Flint on April 17, 2007 8:36 PM (e)

Two science and one humanities degrees. Do I do best two out of three? Do I count only the highest degree?

Comment #170548

Posted by Wesley R. Elsberry on April 17, 2007 9:03 PM (e)

I only counted my highest degree.

Comment #170549

Posted by Science Avenger on April 17, 2007 9:09 PM (e)

I’m a BS Mathematics that did every research paper in my life on a scientist. Came here to join the fray and learn a little biology. You have not disappointed.

Comment #170551

Posted by txjak on April 17, 2007 9:55 PM (e)

Wesley R. Elsberry wrote:

Not sure about the failure to register. The IP addresses of banned people would result in that behavior, though, as one class of possible explanation.

I can’t imagine why my IP address would be in your list of banned people, unless it was spoofed, mistyped, or misidentified. I’ll let it slide for now, since I have alternate paths to register, but it bothers me that my IP address may have been misused. It’s a form of identity theft.

Comment #170552

Posted by Chip Poirot on April 17, 2007 9:56 PM (e)

Whatever happened to the ** Social ** Sciences?

Comment #170553

Posted by steve s on April 17, 2007 10:03 PM (e)

The social sciences are included in the sciences.

Comment #170556

Posted by djlactin on April 17, 2007 10:17 PM (e)

Hey! It’s a E-lightist ole-boy’s club what don’t ‘low gests to vote. Keeps out us rabble I’m guessin’. How do I register my Ph.D. in Entomology?

Comment #170557

Posted by Wesley R. Elsberry on April 17, 2007 10:22 PM (e)

So far, only Karl Priest has turned out to be too, er, challenged to locate and submit a registration for the site. That I know of.

Comment #170560

Posted by Tex on April 17, 2007 11:07 PM (e)

I completed several Twelve Step programs. Does that count?

Comment #170574

Posted by geogeek on April 18, 2007 2:42 AM (e)

Unwilling to register, MSc (in oceanography).

And kinda torqued that BS and MS are in one catagory. That was 3.5 years of freakin’ hard work, and not an extension of an undergraduate degree.

Comment #170580

Posted by djlactin on April 18, 2007 4:00 AM (e)

Looking a bit different now that WEL alerted us!

PhD Sciences 26 (35.1%)
PhD Humanities 3 (4.1)
B/M Sciences 33 (44.6)
B/M Humanities 10 (13.5)
HS 2 (2.7)
Sci Amer 0 (0)
Internet 0 (0)

Comment #170593

Posted by SteveF on April 18, 2007 5:58 AM (e)

BSc, MSc and currently working for a PhD.

Comment #170606

Posted by science nut on April 18, 2007 7:28 AM (e)

Overall….the merit badges (degrees) really don’t mean much.

Too bad we can’t survey/measure the passion for science or compassion for humanity.

Don’t fret if there isn’t a pigeon hole for your situation within this survey. It is what’s in your head and not what’s on the wall that counts.

Comment #170607

Posted by J-Dog on April 18, 2007 8:16 AM (e)

Science Nut - Yes, you are correct dog!

Dr. Dr. William Dembski is a “PERFECT” example of Degrees Gone Bad - Double PhD smarts, but NO science or love of humanity smarts.

Dembski = Nothing but a Science Playa Hata.

Comment #170616

Posted by Richard Simons on April 18, 2007 8:57 AM (e)

I have also been unable to log on. Going through the ‘forgot password’ procedure, everything was OK except I never received the new password. Thinking I may have registered using a now-defunct e-mail address, I tried to re-register under a new user name, but it would not allow me to as the address is already in use.

Several months ago I could go through the log on procedure, apparently with no problems, except when I tried to do anything it complained I was not logged on. (I tried this repeatedly, using Firefox and Internet Explorer.) Like txjak I can’t imagine that I was banned for any reason.

Comment #170627

Posted by Mike on April 18, 2007 10:11 AM (e)

BSc(Math/Sci), LLB here, but can’t be arsed to vote.

Comment #170628

Posted by Ben (t.o.o.) on April 18, 2007 10:31 AM (e)

I couldn’t get in and don’t have time to fiddle with it, but for the record, I’ve got a Bachelor’s in biochemistry and am far enough along a biology Ph.D track that if my project utterly fails tomorrow, I would likely get a consolation masters.

Comment #170639

Posted by Mustafa Mond, FCD on April 18, 2007 11:36 AM (e)

Did he tabulate how many FCDs?

Comment #170641

Posted by Mustafa Mond, FCD on April 18, 2007 11:41 AM (e)

I only counted my highest degree.

I had a fever of 102 once when I was young.

Comment #170664

Posted by OMB on April 18, 2007 1:00 PM (e)

Where is the Community College drop out option?

Comment #170666

Posted by Wesley R. Elsberry on April 18, 2007 1:01 PM (e)

Drat Steve Story for not listing “102 F” among the options!

Comment #170749

Posted by harold on April 18, 2007 8:11 PM (e)

I guess I’m rarer than I thought.

MD long ago, MBA pending in June. Board certified pathologist, three years on faculty at a not-very-famous medical school, then some private practice at what it now a division of a big “biotcech” company, but no longer practicing.

MBA in finance. Was doing a second major in statistics, but got sucked into a job at a startup, so had to let that go one credit shy of a major.

No, I’m not making any money yet. May never.

Comment #170754

Posted by Sir_Toejam on April 18, 2007 8:27 PM (e)

money…

what’s that again?

Comment #170766

Posted by Kevin on April 18, 2007 9:07 PM (e)

Posted by harold on April 18, 2007 8:11 PM (e)

I guess I’m rarer than I thought.

MD long ago, MBA pending in June. Board certified pathologist, three years on faculty at a not-very-famous medical school, then some private practice at what it now a division of a big “biotcech” company, but no longer practicing.

MBA in finance. Was doing a second major in statistics, but got sucked into a job at a startup, so had to let that go one credit shy of a major.

No, I’m not making any money yet. May never.

dude that is a sad story.

I dropped out of college and only went back when I was making stacks of cash.

by the way where does a BA in math fit in? It is NOT a science. more like the humanities.

Comment #170776

Posted by txjak on April 18, 2007 9:28 PM (e)

BA in Math is science more than humanities. I chose science. If you look up
mathematics in Wikipedia you’ll see alot of the science connectedness.

Comment #170803

Posted by brightmoon on April 18, 2007 11:14 PM (e)

BS biology (and i still can’t type) too late at night for me to think of wrestling with a new password…. sorry

Comment #170874

Posted by Paul Flocken on April 19, 2007 9:53 AM (e)

Comment #170754
Posted by Sir_Toejam on April 18, 2007 8:27 PM (e)
money…
what’s that again?

That’s what that science and humanity hata Dumbski has. Barf

Comment #170882

Posted by harold on April 19, 2007 10:37 AM (e)

Sir_Toejam -

“money…

what’s that again?”

Hopefully I’ll be able to let you know in a few years.

The first step toward recovery was resisting the urge to let the MBA turn into a springboard for PhD in something like stats or economics…

Comment #171087

Posted by Pumpkinhead on April 20, 2007 6:05 AM (e)

Overall….the merit badges (degrees) really don’t mean much.

Too bad we can’t survey/measure the passion for science or compassion for humanity.

Don’t fret if there isn’t a pigeon hole for your situation within this survey. It is what’s in your head and not what’s on the wall that counts.

I don’t know whether you are a Christian or an Evolutionist, but it takes rare insight to challenge the legitimacy of the certificates from the seminaries of evolutionism. I salute you!

Comment #171096

Posted by brightmoon on April 20, 2007 7:42 AM (e)

High School 3 [3.33%]
Lots of Scientific American 0 [0.00%]
I Done Readed a Lot on the Internets 0 [0.00%]

actually ..this is worrisome ..we should be looking to give more info to these people not scaring them away

pumpkinhead …..evolutionism? …..evolution is an easily observed process, deary, not a religion/religious belief

Comment #171366

Posted by hoary puccoon on April 22, 2007 9:14 AM (e)

BA, MA, PhD in sociology, with my master’s thesis on the sociology of science. Then I became a love slave in the Caribbean, but that’s a whole other story.

Comment #171527

Posted by Henry J on April 23, 2007 1:42 PM (e)

BS in computer science (what’s now called software engineering), with minor in mathematics.

Henry

Comment #171545

Posted by Richard Simons on April 23, 2007 2:53 PM (e)

BSc Agricultural Botany, MSc, PhD Crop Science, then some years later BSc Math/Comp. Sci. For my sins, I am now mainly teaching high school mathematics.