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Circle or Not? Political Poll

Discussion in 'American Politics' started by DaisyDay, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. Yes, sort of, more or less.

    54.8%
  2. No, it simply is not a circle.

    45.2%
  1. DaisyDay

    DaisyDay blind squirrel

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    [​IMG]

    And yes, this is actually a political test. Do I need to explain or can you guess?

    Source: Salon.com
     
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  2. super animator

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    Strictly mathematical speaking, it isn't a circle.
     
  3. morningstar2651

    morningstar2651 Senior Veteran

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    This.

    It's round. Perhaps even circular.

    But it's not a circle.
     
  4. DaisyDay

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    Then you should vote "No" and falsify the hypothesis of the linked article in the OP. :)
     
  5. DaisyDay

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    Of course, mathematically speaking, you are correct, but this isn't a mathematical question. ;)
     
  6. super animator

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    I get what the article is coming from this, regarding "liberal" definitions. However this is math we talking about. There is no such thing as a "liberal" definitions, they are completely ridged such that changing the definitions themselves can have dramatic consequences.
     
  7. super animator

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    Uh, yes it is. A definition of a circle comes from mathematics.
     
  8. super animator

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    A better example would be art, as it can be very liberal or literal depending on how you look at it.
     
  9. morningstar2651

    morningstar2651 Senior Veteran

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    Voted.

    I don't think they did much study to verify this test.
     
  10. KarateCowboy

    KarateCowboy Moderately moderate

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    It makes some sense. By more accurate, conservative estimates, strictly speaking, it is not a circle. But, by a very liberal estimate, it is. Like it says in the article, some people will say "well, it's circular, so it's a circle". But then, the question does not ask "Is it circular?". It asks "Is it a circle".
     
  11. DaisyDay

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    Oh, probably not, but I thought the idea was interesting; I just don't know that it's true.

    ETA: Of course, I didn't see the test, I just read an article about the test, so who knows...
     
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  12. DaisyDay

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    Uh, no it ain't and since I'm asking the question, I'm the one who says what the question is. This isn't about the "definition", it's about the "perception". Anyway, you should vote "No" since that is what you truly think.
     
  13. stamperben

    stamperben It's an old family tradition

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    Kinda took the words out of my mouth. It isn't a math question, it's a perception question.
     
  14. JGG

    JGG Well-Known Member

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    What are the consequences for the shape if it is not a True Circle?
     
  15. DaisyDay

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    If?
    It still exists in the world of pixels but not in Plato's ideal world (I know I'm not putting that right, but I hope you catch my drift).

    If someone were to ask you to circle the correct answer and you drew that around your choice, should that be rejected for not being a True Circle?
     
  16. JGG

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    I suppose that's true. However, I would expect that if I was asked if I had circled the answer I'd say yes. If I was asked whether the shape I had made was a circle, I'd have to say no. I think there may be a difference between the verb form and noun form. They seem to hold different expectations.
     
  17. Tallguy88

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    If in other sciences we should arrive at certainty without doubt, and truth without error, it behooves us to place the foundation of knowledge in mathematics.

    -Roger Bacon

    It's not a circle. It's round and circleish, but it is not a circle.
     
  18. TerranceL

    TerranceL Sarcasm is kind of an art isn't it?

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    As usual salon posts something moronic. But atleast they aren't promoting pedophiles this time.

    I voted that it wasn't a circle.

    And their description of what people who think it's a circle fits me nicely.

     
  19. craigerNY

    craigerNY I bring nothing to the table

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    As a quality engineer, specializing in measurement solutions, I think that it looks like a diameter with gross roundness error.
     
  20. Tallguy88

    Tallguy88 We shall see the King when he comes! Supporter

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    The problem is, they picked an example with an answer that is 100% provable with nothing more than a ruler, a pen, and paper. Math/geometry isn't liberal or conservative. It just is.
     
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