How Bad Is Our Scientific Knowledge?

I was reading an older article in the NY Times this morning about how little the average American knows about science. I am sure that Canadian statistics wouldn’t be much better, but it makes you wonder how a democratic society can make intelligent decisions about issues like global warming or nuclear energy when they don’t have the basic knowledge to follow the debates.

The article detailed some statistics that startled me. The surveys found that 20% of American adults believe that the sun revolves around the earth and only one in ten know what radiation is. I guess that is not surprising when 48% of Americans do not believe in Evolution, interstingly, that number jumps to 68% for Republicans.

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