Time travel is lonely and other Google Autocomplete revelations

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

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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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