GeocentrismThis is rather an unbelievable story … but it’s true. A whopping 26% of Americans actually think the sun goes around the earth. NPR reports on a study that explains how stupid they are (WebCite cached article):

A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the National Science Foundation.…

To the question “Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth,” 26 percent of those surveyed answered incorrectly.

In the same survey, just 39 percent answered correctly (true) that “The universe began with a huge explosion” and only 48 percent said “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.”

Just over half understood that antibiotics are not effective against viruses.

You can read about this survey here, on page 48 (cached).

NPR goes on to explain that these results aren’t out of line with similar surveys in Europe and China. Even so, this is astounding. The current heliocentric model of the solar system is over five centuries old, and has been widely taught since the Enlightenment. No American has any valid excuse for not knowing any better. None.

No wonder such a big percentage of the country is consumed by religionism. They’re ignoramuses who just don’t fucking know any better! That they’ve grown to adulthood remaining this ignorant, doesn’t bode well for any possibility they might actually be informed otherwise. Once I grasped the horror of the situation, the following dialog from Babylon 5 leapt immediately to mind:

“Weep for the future, Na’toth. Weep for us all.… I have looked into the darkness, Na’toth. You cannot do that and ever be quite the same again.” (G’Kar to Na’toth, episode “Revelations”).

Weep for us all, indeed. Weep for us all. We’re fucking doomed.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Hat tip: Marty on Ex-Christian.Net Forums.

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One Response to “1 In 4 Americans Are As Dumb As Rocks”
  1. Hmmm… I'm almost saddened to say that I'm not at all surprised about this. 🙁

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