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4th Mar '16 5:45:10 AM erforce
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* The scientist in ''MarsAttacks'' stated that since the martians are advanced technologically then they should be peaceful. He kept this up until they kidnapped him, cut off his head, and kept it alive [[ItAmusedMe for the lulz.]] They also kidnapped his vacuous girlfriend and her pet Chihuahua, and switched their heads for the same reason.

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* The scientist in ''MarsAttacks'' ''Film/MarsAttacks'' stated that since the martians are advanced technologically then they should be peaceful. He kept this up until they kidnapped him, cut off his head, and kept it alive [[ItAmusedMe for the lulz.]] They also kidnapped his vacuous girlfriend and her pet Chihuahua, and switched their heads for the same reason.
16th Feb '16 6:35:04 PM LtFedora
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* In ''Film/WhenWorldsCollide'', several astronomers insist that Dr. Hendron's end of the world predictions are unfounded. While it's later mentioned that they now believe him, they still think his escape plan is impossible.
21st Jan '16 8:48:38 PM LtFedora
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* The scientist in ''MarsAttacks'' stated that since the martians are advanced technologically then they should be peaceful. He kept this up until they kidnapped him, cut off his head, and kept it alive [[ItAmusedMe for the lulz.]] They also kidnapped his vacuous girlfriend and hr pet Chihuahua, and switched their heads for the same reason.

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* The scientist in ''MarsAttacks'' stated that since the martians are advanced technologically then they should be peaceful. He kept this up until they kidnapped him, cut off his head, and kept it alive [[ItAmusedMe for the lulz.]] They also kidnapped his vacuous girlfriend and hr her pet Chihuahua, and switched their heads for the same reason.


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* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', T'Pol, and for that matter, the entire Vulcan Science Directorate. The official declaration by the Vulcans is that time travel is impossible. Even after a mission which involved time travel in Season 2, T'Pol still says that she doesn't believe in it. She does get better and finally comes to understand that time travel is real. And in fairness, Vulcans of this time have strayed from Surak's teachings and are living under a military dictatorship.
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30th Dec '14 12:33:03 PM nombretomado
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* The quoted example is from ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' by HGWells. Ogilvy, a "well-known astronomer", says that to the narrator at the beginning of the book, right when [[AlienInvasion Martian cylinders are heading to Earth.]] [[HilariousInHindsight Nice]]. To be fair, however, Ogilvy is trying to be rational, and at that point in the story he may be more accurately described personality-wise as an AgentScully.

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* The quoted example is from ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' by HGWells.Creator/HGWells. Ogilvy, a "well-known astronomer", says that to the narrator at the beginning of the book, right when [[AlienInvasion Martian cylinders are heading to Earth.]] [[HilariousInHindsight Nice]]. To be fair, however, Ogilvy is trying to be rational, and at that point in the story he may be more accurately described personality-wise as an AgentScully.
22nd Dec '14 12:22:48 PM JonBuck
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* There is a B-movie on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' that includes a scientist character who explicitly denies that two moons will collide and destroy a nearby inhabited planet. Guess what happens.
** In the one I'm thinking of, made from episodes of ''RockyJonesSpaceRanger'', the scientist FORGOT about a peculiarity of the moons, until he was reminded. The rulers of the endangered moons accepted the danger and worked together to save their peoples. The queen of the endangered planet initially rejected the warning. Then she plotted to blow up the moons.

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* There is a B-movie on In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode that includes a scientist character who explicitly denies that two moons will collide and destroy a nearby inhabited planet. Guess what happens.
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riffed Crash of the one I'm thinking of, made from episodes of ''RockyJonesSpaceRanger'', Moons, the scientist FORGOT forgets about a peculiarity of the moons, until he was reminded. "atmosphere chain" linking the "Gypsy Moons" Poseta and Nagato. The rulers of space station they're waiting on will pass through the endangered moons accepted atmosphere chain, but isn't built to withstand the danger and worked together to save their peoples. The queen of the endangered planet initially rejected the warning. Then she plotted to blow up the moons.pressure.
18th Dec '14 2:08:22 PM Jake
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* UK weatherman Michael Fish became infamous in 1987 by reporting that "Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way... well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't!" a few hours before the appearance of the worst storm in the area since 1703.

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* UK weatherman Michael Fish became infamous in 1987 by reporting that "Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way... well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't!" a few hours before the appearance of the worst storm in the area since 1703. (''Technically'' he was right, in that it didn't meet the exact definition of a hurricane, but this was cold comfort to anyone in its path.)
** More generally, the Meteorological Office initially underestimated the impact of the storm because they had only a few scattered weather reports from ships in its path,[[note]][[TechnologyMarchesOn this was before they had access to real-time weather satellites]][[/note]] who were mostly on the outer edges of the storm... because everyone ''not'' on the outer edges of the storm had taken one look at their barometers and gotten out of there while the going was good. Nobody realised what this meant [[OhCrap until a land-based weather station reported in with readings from near the centre of the storm]], by which time it was too late.
16th Sep '14 5:33:41 PM foxley
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* The Doctor from TheStupiders, who not only didn't notice the extreme side effects of his work on the population of Earth, but suggested he should "fix" any so-called issues by creating more of what caused the problem to begin with!

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* The Doctor from TheStupiders, ''TheStupiders'', who not only didn't notice the extreme side effects of his work on the population of Earth, but suggested he should "fix" any so-called issues by creating more of what caused the problem to begin with!



* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: the overwhelming majority of the Adeptus Mechanicus tends to show this kind of behavior, notably in regards to the Necrons. They will happily position major facilities over tomb-worlds and attempt to wake up sleeping Necrons which they see as agents of the Machine God, [[RobotWar without ever thinking of what happens when a sentient lifeform is detected by the Necrons...]]

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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': the overwhelming majority of the Adeptus Mechanicus tends to show this kind of behavior, notably in regards to the Necrons. They will happily position major facilities over tomb-worlds and attempt to wake up sleeping Necrons which they see as agents of the Machine God, [[RobotWar without ever thinking of what happens when a sentient lifeform is detected by the Necrons...]]
15th Jun '14 1:02:02 AM Rabukurafuto
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** Which is why it is stupid, anyway. We are talking about a super high-profile project, that no one has ever attempted before, comprising a park of dangerous animals for which the world knows next to nothing, and there is only ONE person responsible for the security system? This is one lousy security system and management of a project. The investors must be equally stupid to even allow this. It was a disaster waiting to happen rather than unpredictability, as described by Ian Malcolm. Sounds quite predictable to me. Even public libraries have better security than this.

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** Which is why it is stupid, anyway. We are talking about a super high-profile project, that no one has ever attempted before, comprising a park of dangerous animals for which the world knows next to nothing, and there is only ONE person responsible for the security system? This is one lousy security system and management of a project. The investors must be equally stupid to even allow this. It was a disaster waiting to happen rather than unpredictability, as described by Ian Malcolm. Sounds quite predictable to me. Even public libraries have better security than this.
1st Jun '13 7:23:45 AM Lightice
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** Which is why it is stupid, anyway. We are talking about a super high-profile project, that no one has ever attempted before, comprising a park of dangerous animals for which the world knows next to nothing, and there is only ONE person responsible for the security system? This is one lousy security system and management of a project. The investors must be equally stupid to even allow this. It was a disaster waiting to happen rather than unpredictability, as described by Ian Malcolm. Sounds quite predictable to me. Even public libraries have better security than this.

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** Which is why it is stupid, anyway. We are talking about a super high-profile project, that no one has ever attempted before, comprising a park of dangerous animals for which the world knows next to nothing, and there is only ONE person responsible for the security system? This is one lousy security system and management of a project. The investors must be equally stupid to even allow this. It was a disaster waiting to happen rather than unpredictability, as described by Ian Malcolm. Sounds quite predictable to me. Even public libraries have better security than this.
*** The story tries to chalk it off with Hammond's obsession with automation, though "spared no expense" appears to be a big, fat lie, in any case. The book goes even further to the incredibly stupid mistakes made in the name of saving money or protecting the dinosaurs at the expense of human safety due to their monetary value. The AccidentalAesop ends up being "capitalism ruins science", not "life finds a way".
28th May '13 2:45:40 AM Craver357
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If they [[TooDumbToLive die]] in the ensuing cataclysm, it may be as the result of a DeathByIrony or ATragedyOfImpulsiveness. In this role they often function as a RedShirt or a demonstration that AnyoneCanDie. If they survive, they sometimes play the role of the IdiotHero or DitzyGenius, or rarely TheProfessor. The character is usually depicted as naive at worst, and is usually genuinely intelligent but out of his or her league. A StupidScientist is almost never [[ScienceIsBad outright evil]].

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If they [[TooDumbToLive die]] die in the ensuing cataclysm, it may be as the result of a DeathByIrony or ATragedyOfImpulsiveness.TooDumbToLive. In this role they often function as a RedShirt or a demonstration that AnyoneCanDie. If they survive, they sometimes play the role of the IdiotHero or DitzyGenius, or rarely TheProfessor. The character is usually depicted as naive at worst, and is usually genuinely intelligent but out of his or her league. A StupidScientist is almost never [[ScienceIsBad outright evil]].
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