The status of science… 450 years after Galileo!

“A quarter of American adults do not know that the Earth goes round the sun. Half think that antibiotics kill viruses and almost as many believe electrons are larger than atoms” Stephen Luntz – I Fucking Love Science.

In an earlier post, I reported that a majority of young adult in the US thought that astrology was a science. Similar numbers and others can be found in a biennial survey from the USA National Science Foundation. A round up can also be found here, with link to the said survey and a link to the Science and Engineering Indicators.

Meanwhile the 450th anniversary of the birth of Galileo, who was persecuted for something that is now proven without the shadow of a doubt (for those who may wonder, I refer you to the first sentence of the quoted text above 😉 ), was just a few days ago.

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