Skip to comments.American Adults Flunk Basic Science
Posted on 03/19/2009 6:27:05 PM PDT by freedumb2003
# 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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These are the same people that the morons in the “media” are always asking if THEY THINK “global warming” really exists.
>>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?
but I bet they can name all the contestants on American Idol
>>but I bet they can name all the contestants on American Idol
Sadly probably true
I’d do better on the science questions than on questions about American Idle.
Some of the questions on their so-called test give only partial information and are, therefore, subjective.
>>Some of the questions on their so-called test give only partial information and are, therefore, subjective.
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.
We can now add scientific illiteracy to economic illiteracy, Constitutional illiteracy, historical illiteracy and literature illiteracy. Good times, good times.
I was gonna wag my finger at you until you corrected yourself on that one!
>Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun
Um, 1 year?
Which question asked about Evolution at all, much less gave partial information about it?
Shhhh — don’t give it away
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?
I haven’t been following it this time around, but I know Obama WON the last one.
Sciencedaily.com has their little test which asks questions about evolution.
We can only use race to prove victimization, though.
It's not politically correct to use it to prove stupidity.
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.
>>Sciencedaily.com has their little test which asks questions about evolution.
Which questions vex you?
Well, I guess I’d flunk, because I know dinosaurs and men did walk on the earth at the same time. Flame away.
You do know what a scientific theory is, right? (hint: it isn't a grown up guess)
None at all. Evolutionper Darwin is a load of crap. What the hell is vexing you?
>>Well, I guess Id 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.
>>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....
The question for All Ages -- Wilma or Betty?
Up there with Ginger/MaryAnne and Jennifer/Bailey (me? Betty, MaryAnne and HECK YEAH Bailey)
So obviously, they’re considered to be good employees.
Try telling that to Fred and Dino man. Yabba dabba doo.
Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones.
They're the modern stone age family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They're a page right out of history.
If it nabs me Raquel, I am willing to throw all I know out the window!
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.
I strongly suspect that you do not. That is, you confabulate theory and fact. Hint: no soup for you.
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.
51% also think Zero can ‘fix’ the economy - so color me unsurprised.
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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.
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.
Why are these ghetto teams even associated with an institute of learning much less one of higher learning.
I believe the term you are looking for is "understand evolution." Whether that lack of understanding rates as "stupid" is a separate analysis.
"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.
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.
And incremental totalitarian rule. Americans have been carefully taught to expect something for nothing: "Come into my parlor" said the spider to the fly.