Time travel is lonely and other Google Autocomplete revelations

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Search engine's query-suggesting feature offers troubling glimpse of our scientific psyches

It's always an interesting and fun exercise to type a word or term into Google and then see what the search engine's "autocomplete" feature suggests to you. Sometimes, however, the fun turns to head-shaking sadness when Google reveals something unflattering about ourselves. Our dim view of and skepticism toward science, for example. Oh, and our ready acceptance of nonsense. In case you're unfamiliar with how Autocomplete works, Google explains, "As you type, autocomplete predicts and displays queries to choose from. The search queries that you see as part of autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of all web users and the content of web pages indexed by Google." Got that? OK, so here's what Google Autocomplete suggests for the following terms: Science is:

awesome

fun

real

a liar sometimes

Scientists are:

stupid

awesome

workaholics

liberal

Global warming is:

fake

not real

real

a hoax

NASA is:

the world going to end

lying

a waste of money

on our side

Evolution is:

false

a fact

a lie

just a theory

The Earth was:

flat

without form

created in 7 days

without form and void

Extraterrestrials are:

real

here

among us

angels

UFOs are:

real

fake

demons

not real

Time travel is:

real

possible

impossible

lonely

Theory of relativity is:

wrong

false

e=mc2

flawed

Dinosaurs are:

fake

birds

reptiles

a hoax

Vaccinations are:

bad

dangerous

harmful

good

Psychiatry is:

bullshit

not a science

fake

evil

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