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What Americans Don't Know About Science
The Atlantic ^ | Feb 15 2014, 9:24 AM ET | Eleanor Barkhorn

Posted on 02/15/2014 8:42:58 AM PST by a fool in paradise

Every two years, the National Science Foundation releases a report on the state of science in the U.S. and around the world.... The results of the most recent survey, conducted in 2012 with more than 2,200 adults, have just been released.

Here's a list of the questions in the survey... As you'll see, in the words of the report, "many Americans provide multiple incorrect answers to basic questions about scientific facts." Then again, "residents of other countries, including highly developed ones, appear to perform no better."

1. The center of the earth is very hot
2. The continents have been moving their location for millions of years and will continue to move
3. Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?
4. All radioactivity is man-made
5. Electrons are smaller than atoms
6. Lasers work by focusing sound waves
7. The universe began with a huge explosion
8. It is the father’s gene that decides whether the baby is a boy or a girl
9. Antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria
10. Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Education; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: academicbias; climatechangecult; dnctalkingpoints; globalwarmingscare; science; thoughtcrime; waronsciencememe
Graphs and "correct" answers are at the article link.

Here is the link to the research report:

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind14/

Looks like it goes into public acceptance of global climate change memes even though the Atlantic article avoided them (instead focusing on 10 questions).

1 posted on 02/15/2014 8:42:58 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

All I know is that (most) conservatives are a whole lot more knowledgeable about science even where we disagree.


2 posted on 02/15/2014 8:46:20 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: GeronL
The big laff here is that they play up "creationist" beliefs to point out American ignorance of science, yet the public arrives at this conclusion because of eco-scientists' hysteria that man is the one killing the planet.

4. All radioactivity is man-made

Correct answer: False


3 posted on 02/15/2014 8:46:55 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

Like I said many times, we are going through a moron apocalypse. It’s like a zombie apocalypse only much worse. For example you won’t see a zombie voting a Marxist into the White house, but the moron will - and twice. So when I read something like this where a quarter of the population has no idea the earth revolves around the sun, it does not surprise me in the least.


4 posted on 02/15/2014 8:51:59 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

The “Dumbie” apocalypse.

I just read that poor kids don’t learn to read. I guess I have trouble understanding it because I grew up poor and apparently can’t read either.


5 posted on 02/15/2014 8:58:34 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

low information voters (keep them dumb by design, and only more so with Commie Core0

Additionally the Idiocracy factor where smart people postpone raising families “the planet can’t handle it; it’s not the right time for me; I waited too long and now can no longer pro-create...”.


6 posted on 02/15/2014 9:00:05 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: cripplecreek

Of course poor kids can’t read. They don’t have enough access computers. < /BillGateExcuse >

And besides many of those books were written by dead white European males.


7 posted on 02/15/2014 9:01:22 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise
7. The universe began with a huge explosion

The Big Bang was not an explosion. It's an expansion of space that not only is still occurring, but is getting faster.

8 posted on 02/15/2014 9:04:53 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Knowledge is power and the left has decided that its easier to idiotize the population than it is to gain knowledge for themselves.

I believe this is why we will win in the end because we continue to gain knowledge. (However we still have to regain control of teaching and science)


9 posted on 02/15/2014 9:11:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

If your kids are morons, thank a teacher.


10 posted on 02/15/2014 9:14:30 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: cripplecreek

Keep them dumb and dependent.

They won’t rise up and toss the Dems (or GOPe) out of office for running up trillions of dollars in debt for promises of another handout check.

And academia has applied a politically correct litmus test to determine who will be hired and what they can say. Fall out of step and you are a “denier”, one who ignores “scientific consensus” (the equivalent of a flat earther, who once held consensus BTW, and in the words of RFK Jr. “a traitor”).


11 posted on 02/15/2014 9:16:59 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: MrEdd

It could also be because of PBS, National Geographic, etc.

Revisionist history, fauxtography, the global climate scare....


12 posted on 02/15/2014 9:18:04 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

The “correct” answers to #7 and #10 + $1.00 will get you a small coffee at McDonald’s ; they may also lead you to continue down the broad way that leads to destruction.


13 posted on 02/15/2014 9:26:06 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: a fool in paradise

It’s absolutely astounding how many stupid people are out there, just utterly overwhelming the amount. I’m not talking about the world but just in the USA alone. I read once the average IQ is 100. I beg to differ - It is most certainly around 60 and I’m not joking. I use to work dealing with the public every day, different people every day and after a while I came to the shocking conclusion that all along we’ve been tricked: Humans are not intelligent beings. Yes of course some are, but most are not. In fact they are barely functional and Democrats know this and they use it to their advantage.

Anything the media tells the average person/moron will be immediately believed. The media can say “today the earth blew up and you are dead” and the moron will make funeral arrangements for himself. You can alter history and the moron will believe it, tells lies and the moron believes it. Make them promises and they believe it much like guiding a donkey with a carrot. The Democrats know the moron can be trained to do their will, made to hate virtually anything Democrats point their fingers at. Without a shred of proof merely tagging someone as racist or a group as racists will immediately bring out absolute frothing anger from the average moron and they can also be made to vote for Marxists or absolute psychopaths like Nancy Pelosi or even killers like Ted Kennedy. Did you know even after Chappaquiddick he was reelected? Isn’t that amazing? A Democrat can actually let a person drown to death and still get elected.


14 posted on 02/15/2014 9:28:08 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Knowing facts is one thing. While Americans did not do so well with that, where I see an even worse problem is that they do not understand the concepts underlying the scientific method. Without basic understanding of the scientific method, too many people fall for pseudoscience of all types and actually think that believing pseudoscience makes them not only scientifically literate, but more knowledgeable than those who spend their lives actually studying science.

I see this all the time on FR. To be fair, it is a problem that spans the political spectrum.


15 posted on 02/15/2014 9:28:09 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: a fool in paradise

Actually shows the US is more scientifically literate than most.

S. Korea seems to be the most.

China is way low.

So much for all the scare stories.


16 posted on 02/15/2014 9:31:48 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: a fool in paradise

While current science indicates the Big Bang is true, it is still called a theory. Ditto evolution.


17 posted on 02/15/2014 9:34:53 AM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
It really has little to do with measured IQ and more to do with the human mind in general.

I remember one guy who passed the test, and even had it written down for posterity, yet few learn from his example.

"I'll give you anything you want."


18 posted on 02/15/2014 9:36:06 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Moonman62

I agree, that the question was poorly phrased, and leaves room for ambiguity in “true”, “false” category, both in the definition of “explosion” and in the state of our knowledge. This quiz rather reminds me of when Richard Feyman interviewed for a job a Microsoft, or when Neils Bohr almost didn’t receive his doctorate because he refused to say how you could measure the height of a building with a barometer. If one were to select a coordinate system centered on the earth, then the sun does, in fact, go around the earth. Such a coordinate system may not be the most convenient for expression motion in Newtonian Dynamics, but that does not make motions described in such a coordinate system “false”.


19 posted on 02/15/2014 9:36:41 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Seeing how they voted 0 in twice I’d say they are really very stupid.


20 posted on 02/15/2014 9:37:21 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Sort of like watching Leno’s “Jaywalking” where you start off laughing but end up crying.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 9:41:18 AM PST by bgill
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To: Nuc 1.1

Yup, the difference between science, theory, and faith needs to be understood before one can ever have an honest conversation about any of them.

We can really get nit picky and state that the earth doesn’t actually orbit the sun. In reality everything in the solar system (including the sun) orbits the gravity center of the solar system.


22 posted on 02/15/2014 9:43:29 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Nuc 1.1

I downloaded one of the pdf reports from the researcher site. First page went into Climate Change (it was the public perceptions document).

The “war on science” meme continues.

Stalinists lie. Always.


23 posted on 02/15/2014 9:48:44 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: MrEdd

How does the saying go - “You can lead a horse to ......”


24 posted on 02/15/2014 9:51:42 AM PST by monocle
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To: gusopol3

The thing is 7 and 10 are theory’s ...the rest are facts... It doesn’t matter if you believe or do not believe the theorys, true science require the intellectual honesty to acknowledge their theory else you close your mind and it just becomes a dogma of a science like faith and not longer true science...


25 posted on 02/15/2014 9:56:09 AM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Graphs and "correct" answers are at the article link.

I like Bar Graphs based on Surfveys, the correct Answers are very helpful.


26 posted on 02/15/2014 10:06:20 AM PST by Koracan
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

That’s like a car length isn’t a standard unit of measurement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx4KoZV9fBw


27 posted on 02/15/2014 10:45:50 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: exDemMom

My theory is far fewer people these days know how the things they use daily work and as a result technology has become magic to them. They are now dependent on “experts” to understand for them instead of evaluating and thinking for themselves. If the experts say man is causing global warming, it must be so. They have become thought sheep.


28 posted on 02/15/2014 12:02:57 PM PST by DB
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To: DB
If the experts say man is causing global warming, it must be so. They have become thought sheep.

It's more like

"If the [some claiming to be] experts, [and supported by an equally ignorant MSM] say man is causing global warming, it must be so. They have become revealed themselves to be ignorant] thought sheep.

29 posted on 02/15/2014 2:59:46 PM PST by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: cripplecreek

Applying too much knowledge to a a third grade quize will not get you a good grade. ;D)


30 posted on 02/15/2014 3:05:15 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: a fool in paradise

I just did a quick look. Lying is what stalinists do best. Just got a call from a green energy initiative person while typing this. Wanting me to take a five thousand dollar subsidy paid for by rate payers, state, and local taxpayers, and put the money into my home. I explained to the caller that using other people’s money, taken involuntarily, is immoral. It is not right. I conveyed this information in a nice fatherly tone. She said “I don’t know what you are talking about!” In a quite angry tone and hung up on me. She knew alright. In addition to the lie, theft is the left’s handmaiden.


31 posted on 02/15/2014 3:21:02 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Nuc 1.1
While current science indicates the Big Bang is true, it is still called a theory. Ditto evolution.

That is because scientists do not mean the same thing when they say "theory" as non-scientists mean when they use the word. A theory, in science, is the foundation that ties together all of the known evidence and data about a specific subject into a coherent framework. It is a tool that enables scientists to propose new hypotheses which can be tested experimentally. Thus, the theories of evolution, gravity, electromagnetism, genetic heritability, etc., will always remain theories regardless of how much supporting data there is.

32 posted on 02/15/2014 6:42:55 PM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: DB
My theory is far fewer people these days know how the things they use daily work and as a result technology has become magic to them.

I am a life scientist, and know in great detail how living things function. Yet, in the fairly recent past, I put in a request to our IT people about the light on the front of my computer being red when it is usually green, forcing me to restart the computer. Yes, I was embarrassed to complain about the light color, but I had no clue what was actually wrong with the computer. However, our IT tech knew immediately what was wrong and fixed it in about 2 minutes. (Yay IT people!)

In my previous post, I was not commenting on the amount of knowledge any one person has, but on the ability to sift through and analyze knowledge. You don't need to be an expert in anything to know how to think. Yet thinking is a skill that I see lacking far too often.

33 posted on 02/15/2014 6:58:11 PM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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