"As a general rule, Americans think that science and engineering work is “dangerous” and that scientific work is more dangerous than engineering work."
"Just over half of the participants understand that antibiotics are not effective against viruses."
"The main issue seems to be the response to this question, “Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?” When asked that question, 1 in 4 Americans surveyed answered incorrectly. Yes, that is 1 in 4. But before we get all bent out of shape about how ignorant Americans are, only 66 percent of European Union residents answered this question correctly."
Je serais curieux d’avoir le meme sondage au Canada et au Quebec. Je ne pense pas que ca serait vraiment mieux…. 🙁
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1 in 4 Americans think the Sun Orbits the Earth?
So, in 2012 the National Science Foundation surveyed 2,200 people living in the United States on various issues of "common" scientific knowledge. The poll was released on Friday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and, as Saruman ironically said, "We have work to do."
But before we get all bent out of shape about how ignorant Americans are, the numbers are even worse for European Union residents.
See what the number say here:
Image Credit: NASA
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