Just what a scientifically
illiterate country needs
That is the number of adults in the United States who think the sun circles the earth. Forty-nine percent don’t know that electrons are smaller than atoms. More than half think lasers are focused sound waves.* To see the survey for yourself, click here.
There is a disturbing, growing anti-science sentiment in the U.S. Odd for a society that thrives on smartphones, flies at 30,000 feet, drives at 80 mph, streams video, and inhabits climate-controlled buildings—all things we have thanks to science. You know, the stuff that this Toys“R”Us spot is telling parents not to bore their kids with.
*If you said, “What? Huh? That’s not right?” to any of these or other items in the survey, thank you for illustrating my point.