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1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says
NPR ^ | February 14, 2014 | Scott Neuman

Posted on 02/15/2014 10:54:37 AM PST by kingattax

A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the National Science Foundation.

The survey of 2,200 people in the United States was conducted by the NSF in 2012 and released on Friday at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.

To the question "Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth," 26 percent of those surveyed answered incorrectly.

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


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im sure the same percentage believes algore invented the internet and moochelle obama invented lunch.
1 posted on 02/15/2014 10:54:37 AM PST by kingattax
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To: kingattax

Let me see, who, exactly, has controlled education these past 50 years? Liberals? Unions? They must be so proud.


2 posted on 02/15/2014 10:56:40 AM PST by fhayek
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To: kingattax

Well 50% thought the Universe revolved around Obama.


3 posted on 02/15/2014 10:57:09 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: kingattax

Our education system, once finest in the world, is falling to pieces.

Liberals control eduction.

Conservatives stop ceding education to liberals. We need to break up the education monopoly.

Now.


4 posted on 02/15/2014 10:57:40 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: kingattax

Kill the NEA.

Kill the DoEd.

Just for starters.


5 posted on 02/15/2014 10:57:47 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: kingattax
I wonder how many of them graduated college


6 posted on 02/15/2014 10:58:18 AM PST by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks kingattax. From “A Study in Scarlet” by AC Doyle:

Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothing. Upon my quoting Thomas Carlyle, he inquired in the naivest way who he might be and what he had done. My surprise reached a climax, however, when I found incidentally that he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the Solar System. That any civilized human being in this nineteenth century should not be aware that the earth travelled round the sun appeared to be to me such an extraordinary fact that I could hardly realize it.
“You appear to be astonished,” he said, smiling at my expression of surprise. “Now that I do know it I shall do my best to forget it.”
“To forget it!”
“You see,” he explained, “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.”
“But the Solar System!” I protested.
“What the deuce is it to me?” he interrupted impatiently; “you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.”

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/244/244-h/244-h.htm


7 posted on 02/15/2014 10:58:57 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: kingattax

They’re the same one you hear saying “all scientists agree...”


8 posted on 02/15/2014 10:59:08 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Starstruck

Figured the number in this article would be even higher based on that level of overall intelligence.


9 posted on 02/15/2014 10:59:42 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: kingattax

Fifty-three trips around the Sun for this gal - and another 50 ain’t gonna be nearly enough!

We live on the Best. Planet. Ever. :)

(The inhabitants? Not so crazy about 50% of them, LOL!)


10 posted on 02/15/2014 11:00:20 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: kingattax

That just shows the sorry state of our educational
system that only one in four know the correct answer.


11 posted on 02/15/2014 11:01:57 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: kingattax
1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth

I wonder if these are the same yahoos who think the earth is 6000 years old?

12 posted on 02/15/2014 11:02:10 AM PST by Drew68
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To: kingattax

Liberals


13 posted on 02/15/2014 11:02:51 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Crap...I keep looking for the “LIKE” button!


14 posted on 02/15/2014 11:02:59 AM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: kingattax

Leftists believe in themselves, not God or science. So in their self-centered universe, everything revolves around them.

[Which is why Mr. Bottom is in Palm Desert writing Valentine’s Day cards to himself, and The Beard is skiing in Aspen.]


15 posted on 02/15/2014 11:03:05 AM PST by twister881
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To: kingattax

Could they name American Idol winners?


16 posted on 02/15/2014 11:04:45 AM PST by Exit148 (I've spent time in ,)
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To: SunkenCiv

So, out of those who believe the sun rotates around the earth, how many believe in man-caused global warming?

Of those who believe the earth rotates around the sun, how many believe in man-caused global warming, and how many believe in the Roman Warming Period, the Dark Ages, the Medieval Warming Period, the Little Ice Age, the Modern Warming Period?

NPR push-poll ..... They are TRYING to push across the impression that the same few who believe in a a flat-earth or a 6000-year-old earth, or that the sun rotates around the earth are “only” ones who “doubt” the myth of Catastrophic Anthropogenic (man-caused) Global Warming.

Bass-akwards!


17 posted on 02/15/2014 11:04:45 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Humans tend to bother me. The animals, not much at all.


18 posted on 02/15/2014 11:05:44 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: kingattax

Thanks to teachers unions...


19 posted on 02/15/2014 11:05:48 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: kingattax

How can the sun go around the earth when earth is flat? Seems the sun would hit the earth if it tries to go around it.


20 posted on 02/15/2014 11:10:08 AM PST by Vinylly
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To: kingattax

They were educated in Public Schools too.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 11:12:35 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: kingattax

I wonder how many of them are dimoKKKRATS?


22 posted on 02/15/2014 11:14:46 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: kingattax

That same 1 out of 4 people believe men control the weather, and the only way to keep the weather from destroying us is to vote for Democrats. Honestly, given everything else that 1 in 4 group thinks and doesn’t think, what they think about the orbits of celestial bodies seems insignificant.


23 posted on 02/15/2014 11:14:51 AM PST by pallis
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Thanks to teachers unions...

...actually, the teachers unions have greatly succeeded in the purpose for which they were formed...that of empowering and enriching themselves...they exist for no other discernible purpose...


24 posted on 02/15/2014 11:16:56 AM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: kingattax

Such abject ignorance shows that these students were taught by teachers who also didn’t know the earth revolves around the sun. Perhaps they were too busy showing children how to put a condom on.


25 posted on 02/15/2014 11:17:09 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: kingattax
1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says

And two of four think the sun revolves around them.

26 posted on 02/15/2014 11:17:40 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: kingattax

And their votes count just as much as yours does.


27 posted on 02/15/2014 11:18:23 AM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: kingattax

Probably the same 25% who believe in “global warming”.


28 posted on 02/15/2014 11:18:23 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: Navy Patriot

Next they’ll tell me the earth isn’t flat.


29 posted on 02/15/2014 11:18:24 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: kingattax
There bad news is that there a lots of liberals in the world.

The good news is that they are completely incompetent.

30 posted on 02/15/2014 11:20:17 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: kingattax

Also discussed here:

What Americans Don’t Know About Science
The Atlantic ^ | Feb 15 2014, 9:24 AM ET | Eleanor Barkhorn
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3123325/posts

And a link to the full reports:
http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind14/


31 posted on 02/15/2014 11:20:38 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: kingattax

I’m not sure that I would have scored well on this survey.

The earth (and all the planets) twist around the Sun as the Sun orbits the Milky Way. Think if the interwoven pattern in a braid. From the Earth, the simplest explanation of this phenomenon is that the Earth revolves around the Sun. In this Earth-centric view, the Sun is viewed as stationary. But, the Sun isn’t stationary. It and the Solar System are in orbit around the Milky Way. From outside the solar system, the relation of the Earth to the Sun isn’t well described as rotation.

With regarding to evolution, there is hardly any evidence of macro-evolution. There is a lot of evidence of micro-evolution. Species and life itself just seem to appear on the planet. The species that survive are those that are better suited to the environment. As there have been several revolutionary changes in the environment, not only species, but entire orders of life have died out. Among the species that have survived, distinct breeds have survived in various places featuring diverse environments. While several human-like apes co-existed with early man, where we or any of them came from isn’t clear. Nor is it clear that we and them are links in a chain of evolution. All that is clear, is that we survived and they didn’t.


32 posted on 02/15/2014 11:21:43 AM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: kingattax; GeronL

“Only 66 percent of people in a 2005 European Union poll answered the basic astronomy answer correctly.”

NPR, the Blame America First station that American taxpayers pay for.


33 posted on 02/15/2014 11:23:14 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: SunkenCiv
“What the deuce is it to me?” he interrupted impatiently; “you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.”

Problem being that within the 'little empty attic' sits the book saying the sun goes around the earth... which takes up exactly the same amount of space as a book describing the truth.

34 posted on 02/15/2014 11:23:52 AM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because of left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfie)
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To: kingattax

Of course it doesn’t. The Earth is flat supported on four elephants riding on a turtle. Some people just don’t understand science.


35 posted on 02/15/2014 11:24:09 AM PST by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: Vinylly

That’s what the tunnels are for. Just don’t get caught in the tunnels during night time.

-—G


36 posted on 02/15/2014 11:24:31 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: central_va

Long ago, I had a hippie girlfriend named “Earth”, and well,...ah,...


37 posted on 02/15/2014 11:25:18 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: SkyDancer

Wait. I’ve gotten that wrong. It’s four turtles riding on one elephant. Glad I checked that out with Wikipedia.


38 posted on 02/15/2014 11:27:13 AM PST by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: Redmen4ever

the correct term is accretion.

gravity rules. the earth is acreting the moon. The sun is acreting the planets. A black hole is acreting the milky way, sun and planets.

The rings of Saturn are acretion debris concentrated in narrow bands. Some has acreted into clumps, satellites, moons

All appear to be traveling away from a centroid propelled by the initial momentum force


39 posted on 02/15/2014 11:27:29 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Part of the problem is that you have doctorate level socialists designing the curriculum.

There is some new goofy teaching methodology every year. Some of it is way out there like tools of the mind. Another was investigations math. And it goes on and on.

The new one is common core.

Worst of all, the kids are treated as little experiments. Guinea pigs for some new program. And if a new program fails the kids, so sorry. Actually, there is never an admission of failure.

The so call highly educated elites in education overlook one very simple fact: children with poor parents and families struggle.


40 posted on 02/15/2014 11:28:57 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: kingattax

It’s pronounced “Erf”


41 posted on 02/15/2014 11:29:23 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: kingattax

The Bible says it does, so I would assume that figure would include all the young Earth Creationists.


42 posted on 02/15/2014 11:29:50 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: kingattax

We are entering a new dark age.


43 posted on 02/15/2014 11:33:14 AM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: kingattax

I am on my phone. Please someone post a double face palm.


44 posted on 02/15/2014 11:36:53 AM PST by autumnraine
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To: kingattax; a fool in paradise

What’s wrong with the other three out of four?


45 posted on 02/15/2014 11:37:08 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: kingattax

Would be nice to know how many of the 26% had college degrees.


46 posted on 02/15/2014 11:37:17 AM PST by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Crazy Cracker Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: Redmen4ever
You would think evolution would be a smooth sinusoidal transition with no distinct changes generation to generation. Take the species homo sapiens - man if you will, you'd think there would be a slow changes as primates evolved over time. But it seems to be a step function with distinct sub species and accompanying characteristics "suddenly" appearing. What does that mean - "suddenly" appearing? How does that happen? How can group mutations happen? Let's say a baby is born to paleo human parents with smaller brow and the little baby girl some how more attractive. She would breed small browed offspring but the feature would be eventually washed out. The only way small browed to become dominant and permanently take hold would be a massive small browed mutation simultaneously happening to all tribes all at once. How can that happen?

But brows did get smaller and head shape changed but it "suddenly" appears, with no explanation from the evolutionary paleontologist.

47 posted on 02/15/2014 11:37:29 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: kingattax

The NSF is geocentricphobic.


48 posted on 02/15/2014 11:39:12 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Drew68

They have merely subscribed to Ptolemy’s theorem of Earths rotation


49 posted on 02/15/2014 11:39:56 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: kingattax
Some people are just too busy to keep up with the latest scientific theories.

Besides, what difference does it make? It's not as if they were considering taking a trip to the sun.

50 posted on 02/15/2014 11:40:01 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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