It is shocking to know that just 74% of those surveyed answered correctly to the question “Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth. The survey included more than 2,200 people in the United States and was conducted by the National Science Foundation.
26 percent of respondents doesn’t knew that the Earth revolved around the Sun, a shocking new study into the scientific knowledge of American has found.
Ten questions about physical and biological science were on the quiz, and the average score – 6.5 correct – was barely a passing grade.
More shocking was that Fewer than half (48 percent) knew that human beings evolved from earlier species of animals.
The result of the survey, which is conducted every two years, will be included in a National Science Foundation report to President Barack Obama and US lawmakers.
One in three respondents said science should get more funding from the government.
Nearly 90 percent said the benefits of science outweigh any dangers, and about the same number expressed interest in learning about medical discoveries.
- Percentage of Americans who think astrology is ‘not at all scientific’ declined from 62 percent in 2010 to just 55 percent in 2012
The National Science Foundation said nearly half of all Americans said astrology is either ‘very scientific’ or ‘sort of scientific’.
It said young people in particular were more likely than ever to consider the pseudoscience at least ‘sort of’ scientific.
‘Fewer Americans rejected astrology in 2012 than in recent years,’ the 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators study report said.
‘In 2012, slightly more than half of Americans said that astrology was ‘not at all scientific,’ whereas nearly two thirds gave this response in 2010.
‘The comparable percentage has not been this low since 1983.’
Skepticism of astrology hit an all-time high in 2004, when 66 percent of Americans said astrology was total nonsense.
But each year, fewer and fewer respondents have dismissed the connections between star alignment and personality as fiction, the NSF said.
It claims the question was ‘focused on the public’s capacity to distinguish science from pseudoscience.’
Young people are also especially inclined to offer astrology scientific legitimacy, with a majority of Americans ages 18 to 24 considering the practice at least ‘sort of’ scientific, and the 25-34 age group is not far behind them.
John Besley of Michigan State University, the lead author of the report’s chapter on public attitudes toward science, told Mother Jones he thinks we need to wait ‘to see if it’s a real change’ before speculating about what the data really means, but said the data ‘popped out to me when I saw it.’
The results come just days after the recent debate between Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ and young-Earth creationist Ken Ham, but reveals perhaps views of what constitute a ‘real’ science are not as good as researchers had hoped.
As alarming as some of those deficits in science knowledge might appear, Americans fared better on several of the questions than similar, but older surveys of their Chinese and European counterparts.
By contrast, 92 percent of the Chinese public think horoscopes are untrue.
In a survey compiled by the National Opinion Research Center from various sources, Americans seemed to generally support science research and expressed the greatest interest in new medical discoveries and local school issues related to science. They were least interested in space exploration, agricultural developments and international and foreign policy issues related to science.
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