Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Arghhh! Why Don't Americans Know More Science?

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From a recent survey done by the National Science Foundation (from this article):
  • “Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?” 1 in 4 believed that the Sun orbits the earth.
  • 61% refute the Big Bang, answering “false” when asked if “The universe began with a huge explosion,”
  • 52% oppose evolution, denying that “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals,”
  • 70% felt government funding for science was adequate or too generous.
Where Creationism Is Taught as Science in the USA

It is no wonder that half the senators get away with voting that Climate Change is not caused by human action, or why the Congress gets away with cutting budgets for research and development, even though our future competitiveness depends on the pump priming of our technological engine by fundamental R&D that has to be supported by government.

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