1 In 4 Americans Think The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says

  • metta

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    Feb 15, 2014 6:16 PM GMT
    1 In 4 Americans Think The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says


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    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/14/277058739/1-in-4-americans-think-the-sun-goes-around-the-earth-survey-says
  • metta

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    Feb 15, 2014 6:17 PM GMT
    If we can't get people to realize that the earth goes around the sun...how will we ever get people to take climate change seriously?
  • creature

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    Feb 15, 2014 6:37 PM GMT
    metta8 saidIf we can't get people to realize that the earth goes around the sun...how will we ever get people to take climate change seriously?


    Getting people to take climate change seriously is an uphill battle because it is a politically-charged issue.
  • jock_1

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    Feb 15, 2014 7:02 PM GMT
    metta8 saidIf we can't get people to realize that the earth goes around the sun...how will we ever get people to take climate change seriously?


    Because climate change is not a serious issue. More than 75% of Americans say so. Also, if we took every measure the lunatic eco-nuts said we should do, we as humans would all be dead and it still wouldn't matter
  • metta

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    Feb 15, 2014 7:10 PM GMT
    jock_1 said
    metta8 saidIf we can't get people to realize that the earth goes around the sun...how will we ever get people to take climate change seriously?


    Because climate change is not a serious issue. More than 75% of Americans say so. Also, if we took every measure the lunatic eco-nuts said we should do, we as humans would all be dead and it still wouldn't matter



    ^
    Why do I get the feeling that you made up that 75% number?
  • creature

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    Feb 15, 2014 8:00 PM GMT
    metta8 said
    jock_1 said
    metta8 saidIf we can't get people to realize that the earth goes around the sun...how will we ever get people to take climate change seriously?


    Because climate change is not a serious issue. More than 75% of Americans say so. Also, if we took every measure the lunatic eco-nuts said we should do, we as humans would all be dead and it still wouldn't matter



    ^
    Why do I get the feeling that you made up that 75% number?


    Probably because he did. If he could cite the survey so that the rest of us could examine the questions and results, we would likely see a different picture.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 15, 2014 8:08 PM GMT
    It is because of all those FLAKY FUNDAMENTALISTS from the southern bible belt who refuse to stand corrected about the fact that the Earth rotates around the Sun.
  • tazzari

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    Feb 15, 2014 8:11 PM GMT
    About the same number also believe in alien abduction and that the earth is 5000 years old. And a large number want to enshrine this sort of ignorance by teaching it in our schools. The agenda seems to be to destroy the country by drowning it in ignorance. Easier to control that way, too.

    (Actually, the universe rotates around my cat.)

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    Feb 15, 2014 8:16 PM GMT
    ..".the sun goes round the moon......"


    Vanessa Williams
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    Feb 15, 2014 8:41 PM GMT
    The sun revolves around the earth, and the earth revolves around the Kardashians. It's the circle of life and shit.
  • JP44

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    Feb 15, 2014 8:42 PM GMT
    I wouldnt take a survey made with 2200 people that is supposed to represent a population of 300 000 000 all that seriously
  • Apparition

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    Feb 15, 2014 8:49 PM GMT
    JP44 saidI wouldnt take a survey made with 2200 people that is supposed to represent a population of 300 000 000 all that seriously


    It is called statistics. Your healthcare depends on it.

    And speaking of math...

    The sun orbits the earth in the earths reference frame technically. The math is just easier the other way around. Technically they orbit the systems centre of gravity.
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    Feb 15, 2014 10:44 PM GMT
    Apparition said
    JP44 saidI wouldnt take a survey made with 2200 people that is supposed to represent a population of 300 000 000 all that seriously


    It is called statistics. Your healthcare depends on it.

    And speaking of math...

    The sun orbits the earth in the earths reference frame technically. The math is just easier the other way around. Technically they orbit the systems centre of gravity.


    A centre of gravity lying within the Sun itself.

    I find it appalling that centuries-old knowledge as basic as this is due to reach many in the ddeveloped (let alone developing) world.
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    Feb 15, 2014 10:48 PM GMT
    The world revolves around me. Get that through your head.
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    Feb 15, 2014 11:09 PM GMT
    metta8 said
    jock_1 said
    metta8 saidIf we can't get people to realize that the earth goes around the sun...how will we ever get people to take climate change seriously?


    Because climate change is not a serious issue. More than 75% of Americans say so. Also, if we took every measure the lunatic eco-nuts said we should do, we as humans would all be dead and it still wouldn't matter



    ^
    Why do I get the feeling that you made up that 75% number?


    Because when he made up the number he ignored the no.1 of quoting a bullshit percentage, which is make up a number that doesn't line up with any exact divisions, such as 1/2 (50%) or 3/4 (75%). 82% of people know that.
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    Feb 15, 2014 11:15 PM GMT
    who did they survey... kindergarteners???
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    Feb 15, 2014 11:43 PM GMT
    metta8 said1 In 4 Americans Think The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says


    Those are the fundies who think the earth was "created" 10,000 years ago.

  • Lincsbear

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    Feb 16, 2014 12:18 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    metta8 saidIf we can't get people to realize that the earth goes around the sun...how will we ever get people to take climate change seriously?


    Or even more worrisome, how will these people be able to carry on our history of invention and innovation?


    Quite.

    The worry is the US is slowly being engulfed by a new Dark Age of ignorance and superstition; driven so by the Christian fundamentalists and their political allies; and they`ll make it a land of the Salem Witch Trials....again.
  • JP44

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    Feb 16, 2014 12:36 AM GMT
    Apparition said
    JP44 saidI wouldnt take a survey made with 2200 people that is supposed to represent a population of 300 000 000 all that seriously


    It is called statistics. Your healthcare depends on it.

    And speaking of math...

    The sun orbits the earth in the earths reference frame technically. The math is just easier the other way around. Technically they orbit the systems centre of gravity.


    Thanks man, I've been in that Probabilty and Statistic class for the whole semester, thanks to you I finally know what statistic are!
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    Feb 16, 2014 12:36 AM GMT
    http://www.pewforum.org/2009/11/05/public-opinion-on-religion-and-science-in-the-united-states/
    The United States is the most religious industrial democracy in the world. At the same time, the U.S. is a science superpower, leading the world in many key areas of scientific research and in most fields of technological development. While this combination of widespread religious commitment and leadership in science and technology could be a potential source of conflict, evidence from a May 2009 survey of public attitudes toward science conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that most Americans, including most religious Americans, hold scientific research and scientists themselves in high regard.

    Indeed, while there are a few areas of conflict between science and religion in the United States, particularly regarding questions of life’s origins, more than eight-in-ten Americans (84% in the recent Pew Research Center survey) say they view science as having a mostly positive impact on society. Among those who attend religious services at least once a week, the number is roughly the same (80%).
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    Feb 16, 2014 1:26 AM GMT
    If you ask the question properly you will find that most believe the universe revolves around them..not just the sun.
  • monstapex

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    Feb 16, 2014 4:48 AM GMT
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    Feb 16, 2014 5:25 AM GMT
    Step back . . . so what difference would having this information make in the lives of those 1 in 4?

    15.1% live in poverty.

    20% of kids in 37 states and DC live in food insecure households.

    Etc, etc . . .

    What can we do about things that matter.
  • Kalifornicati...

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    Feb 16, 2014 5:41 AM GMT
    "Stupid is as stupid does"
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    Feb 16, 2014 6:04 AM GMT
    metta8 saidIf we can't get people to realize that the earth goes around the sun...how will we ever get people to take climate change seriously?


    Before they take climate change seriously, they need to be properly educated first.