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One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the Sun'

Postby mothra » 12 May 2018, 18:38

One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the Sun' and only half believe in evolution
Only 39 per cent of Americans believe 'the universe began with a huge explosion

With the possible exception of 'is the Earth flat?' it is (according to Discover magazine at least) the most basic question in science: 'does the Earth orbit the sun?'

The good news is that 74 per cent of Americans know the answer.

The very bad news is that means 26 per cent really don't.

These results, which appear in the National Science Foundation (NSF) survey of 2,200 Americans, will form part of a report set to be presented to Barack Obama and lawmakers in congress, and are likely to once again raise the issue of educational standards in the United States.

Other startling results from the survey included that only 39 per cent of Americans believe "the universe began with a huge explosion". And fewer than half of the people surveyed (48 per cent) agreed that "human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals".

Meanwhile, 51 per cent of Americans knew that antibiotics don't kill viruses.

The study also demonstrated that a total of 42 per cent of Americans thought astrology was either "very scientific" or "sort of scientific".

The survey, as reported by Agence France-Presse, is carried out every couple of years in order to analyse whether America is making educational progress.

Despite the somewhat negative findings of the study there is a significant glimmer of hope.

The survey revealed that nearly 90 per cent of Americans believed the benefits of science outweigh any dangers. Thirty per cent believe science deserves more funding from government, and around 90 per cent expressed an interest in learning about medical discoveries.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/one-in-four-americans-dont-know-the-earth-orbits-the-sun-and-only-half-believe-in-evolution-9131721.html?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1526039739
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby Aussie » 12 May 2018, 19:44

You can add me to any category called 'no idea' on that stuff. Never ever been remotely interested for some reason. Must have had very boring 'science' teacher in lower High School.

Hang on.........

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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby mothra » 12 May 2018, 21:39

Aussie wrote:You can add me to any category called 'no idea' on that stuff. Never ever been remotely interested for some reason. Must have had very boring 'science' teacher in lower High School.

Hang on.........

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Yeah but you knew the earth orbited the sun, yeah?

I mean, come on.
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby Aussie » 12 May 2018, 21:57

Yeas.....but anything much beyond that.....never ever had any interest.

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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby johnsmith » 13 May 2018, 08:42

one in four americans are idiots
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby HBS Guy » 14 May 2018, 14:14

What do you expect when legislatures outlaw teaching of evolution and climate change, encourage bible based education?
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby MilesAway » 14 May 2018, 16:12


Did you make that up?
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby MilesAway » 14 May 2018, 16:13

HBS Guy wrote:What do you expect when legislatures outlaw teaching of evolution and climate change, encourage bible based education?

YOu don't have to attend scripture class in a public school!
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby mothra » 14 May 2018, 17:48

MilesAway wrote:

Did you make that up?



No, sadly.
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby MilesAway » 14 May 2018, 18:21

mothra wrote:
MilesAway wrote:

Did you make that up?



No, sadly.

well,... I must say I find that slightly disturbing then!
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby HBS Guy » 14 May 2018, 18:36

Slightly?
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby MilesAway » 14 May 2018, 18:42

HBS Guy wrote:Slightly?

Well, basically I'm being sarcastic!

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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby pinkeye » 14 May 2018, 22:56

well lets face it. The country the voted in Donald Trump must comprise of people with the smarts of a 4 yr old... well slightly less than 50% at least.

The rest are too soft to fight for what they believe.
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby mothra » 14 May 2018, 23:47

pinkeye wrote:well lets face it. The country the voted in Donald Trump must comprise of people with the smarts of a 4 yr old... well slightly less than 50% at least.

The rest are too soft to fight for what they believe.



There is no question in my mind that if they are in fact capable of voting, those that think chocolate milk comes from brown cows voted for Trump.

And watch Fox News.
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby HBS Guy » 15 May 2018, 10:06

Fox, the other pernicious source of dumbing down in America.

I have a brewbuddy in the States, thinks Fox tells the unvarnished truth instead of confirmation bias for rightwingers.
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby MilesAway » 15 May 2018, 13:23

pinkeye wrote:well lets face it. The country the voted in Donald Trump must comprise of people with the smarts of a 4 yr old... well slightly less than 50% at least.

The rest are too soft to fight for what they believe.

...and exactly what would you know?
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby MilesAway » 15 May 2018, 13:24

mothra wrote:
pinkeye wrote:well lets face it. The country the voted in Donald Trump must comprise of people with the smarts of a 4 yr old... well slightly less than 50% at least.

The rest are too soft to fight for what they believe.



There is no question in my mind that if they are in fact capable of voting, those that think chocolate milk comes from brown cows voted for Trump.

And watch Fox News.

Mothra, you know what propaganda is.... :OMG


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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby pinkeye » 16 May 2018, 03:21

MilesAway wrote:
pinkeye wrote:well lets face it. The country the voted in Donald Trump must comprise of people with the smarts of a 4 yr old... well slightly less than 50% at least.

The rest are too soft to fight for what they believe.

...and exactly what would you know?


Matey, it'd take the rest of your life to hear what I know.
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby johnsmith » 16 May 2018, 07:36

pinkeye wrote:
MilesAway wrote:
pinkeye wrote:well lets face it. The country the voted in Donald Trump must comprise of people with the smarts of a 4 yr old... well slightly less than 50% at least.

The rest are too soft to fight for what they believe.

...and exactly what would you know?


Matey, it'd take the rest of your life to hear what I know.



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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby HBS Guy » 16 May 2018, 09:59

Guns and religion, the solace of those progress has passed by. Intolerance too. Hate education—their kids might surpass them. Rural America and rural Australia (i.e. Queensland the state with most rural population.)
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby pinkeye » 17 May 2018, 02:26

HBS Guy wrote:Guns and religion, the solace of those progress has passed by. Intolerance too. Hate education—their kids might surpass them. Rural America and rural Australia (i.e. Queensland the state with most rural population.)


Umm sorry .. define progress in this context. IE Human evolution.

We remain animals run by instincts hormones chemicals and urges.

HUMANS haven't evolved much in recorded history. Not that I can see, BUT we are changing, a bit. We use technology based products to run our lives . We no longer retain responsibility for our circumstances. We have placed committees in charge.

Doesn't sound like progress to me.
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby MilesAway » 17 May 2018, 15:49

johnsmith wrote:
pinkeye wrote:
MilesAway wrote:
pinkeye wrote:well lets face it. The country the voted in Donald Trump must comprise of people with the smarts of a 4 yr old... well slightly less than 50% at least.

The rest are too soft to fight for what they believe.

...and exactly what would you know?


Matey, it'd take the rest of your life to hear what I know.



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lol, coming from two idiots who both agree Abraham Lincoln was a democrat :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi :Hi
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby MilesAway » 17 May 2018, 15:50

HBS Guy wrote:Guns and religion, the solace of those progress has passed by. Intolerance too. Hate education—their kids might surpass them. Rural America and rural Australia (i.e. Queensland the state with most rural population.)

hEY, HBS GUY: how would you write the constitution that lead to world domination?
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Re: One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the S

Postby MilesAway » 17 May 2018, 15:52

pinkeye wrote:
HBS Guy wrote:Guns and religion, the solace of those progress has passed by. Intolerance too. Hate education—their kids might surpass them. Rural America and rural Australia (i.e. Queensland the state with most rural population.)


Umm sorry .. define progress in this context. IE Human evolution.

We remain animals run by instincts hormones chemicals and urges.

HUMANS haven't evolved much in recorded history. Not that I can see, BUT we are changing, a bit. We use technology based products to run our lives . We no longer retain responsibility for our circumstances. We have placed committees in charge.

Doesn't sound like progress to me.

You can't define progress in the context of human evolution: and john humours you by pretending you know stuff when he knows you're an illogical loser because he is the same scam artist you are but you both obviously don't even know or even care about each other :bike :bike :bike :bike
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