Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sunrise, Sunset

And some people think we spend too much money on education…

Americans are enthusiastic about the promise of science but lack basic knowledge of it, with one in four unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun, said a poll out Friday.

The survey included more than 2,200 people in the United States and was conducted by the National Science Foundation.

Nine questions about physical and biological science were on the quiz, and the average score — 6.5 correct — was barely a passing grade.

Just 74 percent of respondents knew that the Earth revolved around the Sun, according to the results released at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.

Fewer than half (48 percent) knew that human beings evolved from earlier species of animals.

HT to Steve Bates and Nicolaus Copernicus.

4 barks and woofs on “Sunrise, Sunset

  1. Steve Allen wrote a book about this: “Dumbth”. A former neighbor of mine didn’t know the sun rose in the east. Siiiiigh.

  2. one in four [Americans are] unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun

    Considering that’s awfully close to the 27% that think the universe revolves around the US, that’s not especially surprising.

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