1 In 4 Americans Does Not Believe That The Earth Revolves Around The Sun

planet earthVia NPR, a quarter of Americans know not to trust scientists and their Earth-sun rotation hoax:

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.

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.”

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  • Gjallarbru

    Rick Mercer, a Canadian comedian, had a habit of “talking to americans”. It was a show segment made for fun. One stupider American couldn’t say how many sides a triangle had. Think she knew anything about astronomy?

    Ignorance and stupidity are everywhere, don’t be surprised of this. Most of these people could do better, but they lack the motivation for some reason. Either their religious beliefs get in the way, or they are just intellectually lazy. I have no hope of seeing this resolved in my life time.

    • echar

      You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

      • Gjallarbru

        Truer words have never been written.

  • Damien Quinn

    67% of people who regularly engage in surveys are pathological liars, 26% are serial killers and just 3% do so out of a sense of civic duty. The remaining 12% overestimate the importance of their opinion by a factor of 3:1.

  • BuzzCoastin

    that’s nothong
    most homelandets believe they live in a free democratic country
    despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary
    besides
    50% of any random statistical sampling
    are dumber than rocks

  • echar

    Is this 1/4 illiterate or home schooled by religious types? This honestly blows my mind.

  • VaudeVillain

    Or the other possible explanation: that question is really stupid, and many of the respondents misunderstood “astrology” to mean “astronomy”.

    I wonder how the answers look if you ask “was Earth created by skydad in 6 days after which he kicked back and had some brews, or did it come to be by way of a long series of natural phenomena over billions of years?”

    • addalled

      Ummmm…if they confuse astrology and astronomy wouldn’t that also be a sign of ignorance?

      • VaudeVillain

        Ignorance or inattentiveness. The words sound fairly similar, and to somebody unfamiliar with the distinction or not giving their undivided attention to an unsolicited telephone survey, that sounds like a not entirely unreasonable error to make.

        That said, in my experience there is a startling trend of young women who apparently give a flying fuck about astrology, signs, horoscopes, and all of that hullabaloo. Many of the ones I’ve dealt with are even highly educated. I guess there is no accounting for peoples’ idiocies.

  • Rhoid Rager

    But how would the sky appear if the sun actually did revolve around the earth?

  • Jonas Planck

    This just in, people with an overpowering urge toward confirmation bias are more likely to discard evidence that does not support their preconceptions, and promote only evidence that supports it. On that note, why are astrology and the Earth revolving around the sun the only questions that were asked? That seems like an extremely narrow set of things to poll people on. How many of them know the temperature at which water boils, I wonder…

  • Jonas Planck

    I suspect there was some foul play in the phrasing and presentation of the poll questions… Does anyone have a copy of the exact phrasing of that poll, by any chance?

  • Juan

    I deal with the public everyday . . . This is not the least bit surprising.
    The level of ignorance is staggering.
    We live in a country that is mostly populated by ignorant mouth-breathers.

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