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American Adults Flunk Basic Science
Science Daily ^ | 3/13/2009 | ScienceDaily

Posted on 03/19/2009 6:27:05 PM PDT by freedumb2003

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# Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. # Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time. # Only 47% of adults can roughly approximate the percent of the Earth's surface that is covered with water.* # Only 21% of adults answered all three questions correctly

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Res ipsa loquitur. Beyond that I have no comment.
1 posted on 03/19/2009 6:27:05 PM PDT by freedumb2003
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To: freedumb2003

These are the same people that the morons in the “media” are always asking if THEY THINK “global warming” really exists.


2 posted on 03/19/2009 6:31:30 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Just being a "U.S. citizen" does not make one an American.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

>>These are the same people that the morons in the “media” are always asking if THEY THINK “global warming” really exists.

You mean American Adults?


3 posted on 03/19/2009 6:32:28 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: freedumb2003

but I bet they can name all the contestants on American Idol


4 posted on 03/19/2009 6:40:29 PM PDT by coloradomomba
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To: coloradomomba

>>but I bet they can name all the contestants on American Idol

Sadly probably true


5 posted on 03/19/2009 6:42:52 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: coloradomomba

I’d do better on the science questions than on questions about American Idle.


6 posted on 03/19/2009 6:44:09 PM PDT by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot child is in charge!)
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To: freedumb2003

Some of the questions on their so-called test give only partial information and are, therefore, subjective.


7 posted on 03/19/2009 6:44:43 PM PDT by Jukeman (.)
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To: Jukeman

>>Some of the questions on their so-called test give only partial information and are, therefore, subjective.

Such as?


8 posted on 03/19/2009 6:45:36 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: freedumb2003
Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun.

Trick question. The Sun and the planets and the stars are revolve around Earth.

# Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.

As if! Everyone knows that the dinosaurs never actually existed. God put their bones into the ground for us to find.

# Only 47% of adults can roughly approximate the percent of the Earth's surface that is covered with water.*

Okay, those other 53% are a bunch of doofuses.
Doofi.

9 posted on 03/19/2009 6:47:32 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weight-lifting sessions each week and...)
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To: freedumb2003
Ahhh, the unquestionably ineffective public education system and it's work product in all it's glory.

We can now add scientific illiteracy to economic illiteracy, Constitutional illiteracy, historical illiteracy and literature illiteracy. Good times, good times.

10 posted on 03/19/2009 6:47:34 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: Tanniker Smith
Okay, those other 53% are a bunch of doofuses. Doofi.

I was gonna wag my finger at you until you corrected yourself on that one!

11 posted on 03/19/2009 6:49:13 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: freedumb2003

>Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun

Um, 1 year?


12 posted on 03/19/2009 6:51:36 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: freedumb2003

Evolution.


13 posted on 03/19/2009 6:53:41 PM PDT by Jukeman (.)
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To: Jukeman

>>Evolution.

Which question asked about Evolution at all, much less gave partial information about it?


14 posted on 03/19/2009 6:55:26 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: OneWingedShark

Shhhh — don’t give it away


15 posted on 03/19/2009 6:58:15 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: freedumb2003

Funny, It all depends on the level of precision.

A person might say that there are 365 days in a year but they would be wrong 1 in 4 years as a leap year has 366 days.

As for dino and human ... if my time window was a billion years ... then yes they would have lived together.

And as for the percent of water, does the precision need to take into account only oceans and seas, or do I also need to account for ice, snow and temperate surface water?


16 posted on 03/19/2009 6:59:12 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: freedumb2003
Another bouquet of roses to the N.E.A. for their stellar work.
17 posted on 03/19/2009 7:01:15 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli now reads "Oil the gun..eat the cannolis.")
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To: freedumb2003

I haven’t been following it this time around, but I know Obama WON the last one.


18 posted on 03/19/2009 7:06:16 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: freedumb2003

Sciencedaily.com has their little test which asks questions about evolution.


19 posted on 03/19/2009 7:19:41 PM PDT by Jukeman (.)
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To: freedumb2003
I'd love to see this broken down by race.

We can only use race to prove victimization, though.

It's not politically correct to use it to prove stupidity.

20 posted on 03/19/2009 7:22:18 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Only after disaster can we be resurrected." -- Tyler Durden)
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To: freedumb2003

THis has been posted before. Its a bogus poll. Onlt three questions — that’s a clue right there. So which ONE is the kicker?

This” “that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.” The other two are science facts. This one is a science theory. And an especially controversial one right now.


21 posted on 03/19/2009 7:22:28 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Jukeman

>>Sciencedaily.com has their little test which asks questions about evolution.

Which questions vex you?


22 posted on 03/19/2009 7:29:57 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: freedumb2003

Well, I guess I’d flunk, because I know dinosaurs and men did walk on the earth at the same time. Flame away.


23 posted on 03/19/2009 7:30:00 PM PDT by Marie2 (I don't know what that bird told you, but I'M Brian Fellows)
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To: bvw
This” “that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.” The other two are science facts. This one is a science theory. And an especially controversial one right now.

You do know what a scientific theory is, right? (hint: it isn't a grown up guess)

24 posted on 03/19/2009 7:33:22 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: freedumb2003

None at all. Evolutionper Darwin is a load of crap. What the hell is vexing you?


25 posted on 03/19/2009 7:34:01 PM PDT by Jukeman (.)
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To: Marie2

>>Well, I guess I’d flunk, because I know dinosaurs and men did walk on the earth at the same time. Flame away.

“know” is a pretty strong word. Are you so old as to have witnessed this? If not, you might want to rethink your position.

If so, then I want to interview you in RL. And I won’t be alone in that desire. We don’t have many multi-thousand year old people around anymore. Even Adam only lived to his mid 900’s.


26 posted on 03/19/2009 7:36:26 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: bvw
This” “that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.” The other two are science facts. This one is a science theory. And an especially controversial one right now.

Yabba-dabba-dooooooo!

27 posted on 03/19/2009 7:37:30 PM PDT by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?)
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To: Jukeman

>>None at all. Evolutionper Darwin is a load of crap. What the hell is vexing you?

Calm down, I am just asking you the basis of your post.

Which specific questions do you say are misleading or provide partial information? You only need list one or two if this is too upsetting....


28 posted on 03/19/2009 7:38:35 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: Marie2
dinosaurs and men did walk on the earth at the same time

Apparently women too.

29 posted on 03/19/2009 7:43:28 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Snickersnee
Yabba-dabba-dooooooo!

The question for All Ages -- Wilma or Betty?

Up there with Ginger/MaryAnne and Jennifer/Bailey (me? Betty, MaryAnne and HECK YEAH Bailey)

30 posted on 03/19/2009 7:44:49 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: freedumb2003

So obviously, they’re considered to be good employees.


31 posted on 03/19/2009 7:44:50 PM PDT by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: freedumb2003
Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.

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Try telling that to Fred and Dino man. Yabba dabba doo.

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They're the modern stone age family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They're a page right out of history.

32 posted on 03/19/2009 7:45:31 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: Thrownatbirth

If it nabs me Raquel, I am willing to throw all I know out the window!


33 posted on 03/19/2009 7:46:08 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: freedumb2003

When a simple question is asked about evolution without context, which Science Daily did, it is subjective. For instance, it’s like asking, “do you think George Bush did a good job?” That begs the question: “in what respect?” Get my point? Never mind - I’m moving on.


34 posted on 03/19/2009 7:51:52 PM PDT by Jukeman (.)
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To: freedumb2003

I strongly suspect that you do not. That is, you confabulate theory and fact. Hint: no soup for you.


35 posted on 03/19/2009 8:01:24 PM PDT by bvw
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To: freedumb2003

I went to their website. Their questions are crap. The last few in the survey were about evolution. If you answered that you don’t believe in evolution, the institute’s explanations try to make you look stupid.


36 posted on 03/19/2009 8:16:41 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: freedumb2003

51% also think Zero can ‘fix’ the economy - so color me unsurprised.


37 posted on 03/19/2009 8:17:25 PM PDT by eclecticEel (I already have a Messiah, I don't need another one.)
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42 posted on 03/19/2009 8:31:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: freedumb2003
>>Some of the questions on their so-called test give only partial information and are, therefore, subjective.

Such as?

If I may answer, the question regarding dinosaurs is subjective. Since the question does not clarify itself, one must answer based on their subjective impression on what "dinosaur" means. If one understands "dinosaur" to mean "the superorder of bird-hipped, possibly warm-blooded reptiles that went extinct around the K-T boundary," then of course man and dinosaurs did not live at the same time. But if one understands "dinosaur" to mean "the clade containing the common ancestor of sauropods and theropods, and all their descendants," then of course man and dinosaurs coexist.

I don't know whether the wording in the questions was the same as the wording in the articles, but it's unclear whether the word "earliest" in "earliest humans and dinosaurs" applies to both humans and dinosaurs or just humans. The earliest humans did coexist with members of the dinosaur clade, but they did not coexist with the earliest members of the dinosaur clade.

Since the poll was conducted by a polling organization, and not hard scientists or students, I doubt any of the subjects polled could have gotten clarification on these issues before answering.

43 posted on 03/19/2009 8:34:58 PM PDT by Caesar Soze
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To: taxcontrol
A person might say that there are 365 days in a year but they would be wrong 1 in 4 years as a leap year has 366 days

The answer you're looking for is 365.24 days, which explains why we have a leap year every four years. Notice, however, that the fraction is just shy of a quarter, so that every 400 years we have a non-leapt leap year: i.e. the year 2400 will not be a leap year. Of course, if you remember all the way back to eight years ago, you should recall that 2000 was indeed a leap year, what gives? What gives is that every exception has it's own exception. The three rules for leap years can be summarized as follows:

1: if a year is divisible by 4 it is a leap year

2: unless it is also divisible by 400, in which case it isn't

3: unless it is also divisible by 2000, in which case it is.

What could be simpler? Well what could be simpler is just to say that the earth revolves around the sun once ever solar year, which is by definition the time it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun. Expressed in terms of days this is of course an irrational number, necessitating the whole leap year business.

44 posted on 03/19/2009 8:36:04 PM PDT by eclecticEel (I already have a Messiah, I don't need another one.)
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To: freedumb2003
I just read that only 22% of African-American basketball players and only 33% of the whole team at the university of Connecticut graduate.

Why are these ghetto teams even associated with an institute of learning much less one of higher learning.

45 posted on 03/19/2009 8:40:58 PM PDT by blam
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To: ViLaLuz
I went to their website. Their questions are crap. The last few in the survey were about evolution. If you answered that you don’t believe in evolution, the institute’s explanations try to make you look stupid.

I believe the term you are looking for is "understand evolution." Whether that lack of understanding rates as "stupid" is a separate analysis.

46 posted on 03/19/2009 9:36:18 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: bvw
I strongly suspect that you do not. That is, you confabulate theory and fact. Hint: no soup for you.

"I know you are but what am I?" isn't a really resounding response.

I gently suggest you may want to post your understanding of as Scientific Theory, so that from there we may have polite discourse.

If you do not know, then I can supply many links to define this. If you do, then I await your response.

47 posted on 03/19/2009 9:39:55 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: eclecticEel
What could be simpler? Well what could be simpler is just to say that the earth revolves around the sun once ever solar year, which is by definition the time it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun. Expressed in terms of days this is of course an irrational number, necessitating the whole leap year business.

I think the answer they were looking for was "a year" but maybe I have over-analyzed the question. You answer is clearly the proper one.

48 posted on 03/19/2009 9:42:09 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: freedumb2003
American Adults Flunk Basic Science

This is why they're suckers for global warming propaganda.
49 posted on 03/19/2009 9:45:13 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: aruanan
This is why they're suckers for global warming propaganda.

And incremental totalitarian rule. Americans have been carefully taught to expect something for nothing: "Come into my parlor" said the spider to the fly.

50 posted on 03/19/2009 9:56:46 PM PDT by Bernard Marx (Free California from public employee union rule!)
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