Skip to comments.1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says
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 ...
Let me see, who, exactly, has controlled education these past 50 years? Liberals? Unions? They must be so proud.
Well 50% thought the Universe revolved around Obama.
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.
Kill the NEA.
Kill the DoEd.
Just for starters.
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.”
They’re the same one you hear saying “all scientists agree...”
Figured the number in this article would be even higher based on that level of overall intelligence.
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!)
That just shows the sorry state of our educational
system that only one in four know the correct answer.
I wonder if these are the same yahoos who think the earth is 6000 years old?
Crap...I keep looking for the “LIKE” button!
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.]
Could they name American Idol winners?
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.
Humans tend to bother me. The animals, not much at all.
Thanks to teachers unions...
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.
They were educated in Public Schools too.
I wonder how many of them are dimoKKKRATS?
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.
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...
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.
And two of four think the sun revolves around them.
And their votes count just as much as yours does.
Probably the same 25% who believe in “global warming”.
Next they’ll tell me the earth isn’t flat.
The good news is that they are completely incompetent.
Also discussed here:
What Americans Don’t Know About Science
The Atlantic ^ | Feb 15 2014, 9:24 AM ET | Eleanor Barkhorn
And a link to the full reports:
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.
“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.
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.
Of course it doesn’t. The Earth is flat supported on four elephants riding on a turtle. Some people just don’t understand science.
That’s what the tunnels are for. Just don’t get caught in the tunnels during night time.
Long ago, I had a hippie girlfriend named “Earth”, and well,...ah,...
Wait. I’ve gotten that wrong. It’s four turtles riding on one elephant. Glad I checked that out with Wikipedia.
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
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.
It’s pronounced “Erf”
The Bible says it does, so I would assume that figure would include all the young Earth Creationists.
We are entering a new dark age.
I am on my phone. Please someone post a double face palm.
What’s wrong with the other three out of four?
Would be nice to know how many of the 26% had college degrees.
But brows did get smaller and head shape changed but it "suddenly" appears, with no explanation from the evolutionary paleontologist.
The NSF is geocentricphobic.
They have merely subscribed to Ptolemy’s theorem of Earths rotation
Besides, what difference does it make? It's not as if they were considering taking a trip to the sun.