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Richard Amiel McGough
08-26-2010, 05:52 PM
This is scary. Apparently, Americans are quite ignorant about the basics of science.

NYT Article: Scientific Savy? In U.S., Not So Much (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/science/30profile.html?_r=1)

Dr. Miller's data reveal some yawning gaps in basic knowledge. American adults in general do not understand what molecules are (other than that they are really small). Fewer than a third can identify DNA as a key to heredity. Only about 10 percent know what radiation is. One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth, an idea science had abandoned by the 17th century.