If you're like us and you've learned most of what you know about the world from movies and TV shows, you should also know that most movies and TV shows don't adhere too closely to the truth. Especially when it comes to science. Movies and TV shows are full of these tropes: head injuries cause amnesia; hypnosis is the same thing as mind control; truth serum is real and it works. These tropes get repeated so many times by so many different stories, and eventually, we start to believe that they're real. After all, one effective way to convince someone a false claim is valid is to repeat it over and over again.
It shouldn't surprise you that movie depictions of science are often wildly inaccurate. It's still worth examining these tropes to figure out what's true and what's hogwash. So in that spirit, here are some of the scientifically dumb plots that Hollywood keeps feeding us, along with the actual truth. Vote up the ones you love even though they're total nonsense.
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We Only Use 10% Of Our BrainsPhoto: Limitless / Relativity
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Someone’s Been Buried Alive And Actually Has A Chance To Get OutPhoto: Buried / Lionsgate
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If You Get Hit On The Head, You Have Amnesia NowPhoto: Overboard / MGM
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Hypnosis Can Be Used To Control A Person's MindPhoto: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari / Goldwyn Distributing Company
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We Can Cryogenically Freeze Ourselves And Wake Up In The FuturePhoto: Demolition Man / Warner Bros.
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Sodium Pentothal Is A Truth Serum That Will Make You Spill All Your SecretsPhoto: Meet the Fockers / Universal Pictures