Science Illiteracy
Posted: 12 August 2006 04:18 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I’ve read many times about the survey of Americans demonstrating how ignorant most are at basic science, e.g. how only 23% know how long it takes the earth to revolve around the sun, how only 8% can describe what DNA is, etc (I’m making the numbers up).

Does anyone have a link to that survey or the results thereof?  I need a good laugh and a good cry, and I can get them both in one sitting!


Posted: 12 August 2006 11:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Gosh, I’m sure that sort of stuff has run in Skeptical Inquirer. Here is one relevant article I found on the web with a quick Google search.

It’s from 1996.

—47% of americans believed the earth completed one revolution around the sun in one year.

—20% of americans believe the sun revolves around the earth.

—Fewer than 10% can describe what a molecule is.

Etc ...

Here is also an extremely interesting article by Chris Mooney from the CSICOP website about ‘intelligent design’ polls and problems with polling in general.

Any more?



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