Sunday, April 12, 2015

More proof that Americans are really dumb

[Vox Verax note: This article was first published by National Public Radio on Feb. 14, 2014. We doubt that Americans have gotten any smarter since, judging from the election results of November of 2014 and the ongoing political debate in the nation's capital and nearly all state capitals.]

1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says

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.

In the same survey, just 39 percent answered correctly (true) that "The universe began with a huge explosion" and only 48 percent said "Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals."

Just over half understood that antibiotics are not effective against viruses.

(Continued here. Thanks to RealClearScience for alerting us to this article.)

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