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FRONT PAGE  |  12/21/2014
SUNDAY, FEB 16, 2014  |  29 comments
One in four Americans 'do not know the Earth circles the Sun'

One in four Americans are completely unfamiliar with Nicolaus Copernicus's 1543 theory that the Earth circles the Sun, according to a study by the National Science Foundation.

The survey, released on Friday at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, asked 2,200 people nine factual questions about physical and biological science, with the average score being just 5.8 correct answers.


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News Item2/17/14 7:11 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Re: the article: A lot depends on what passes for knowledge. The writer states:

"Fewer than half of the respondents - 48 per cent - are aware that humans evolved from earlier species of animals"

Now there's an intelligent guy for you. If I were to post a response to his completely unprovable declaration, (It's hard to prove the untrue to be true) in a similarly incredulous and pointed manner, I might ask if all Brits were as uninformed as he is. But that would be wrong. Just because he believes in fairy tales, doesn't mean it should be assumed all Brits do.

From a related article titled "Americans surveyed: misunderstood, misrepresented or ignorant?":

"In the same group, two thirds of the respondents estimated the population of the US at between 750 million and two billion (actual figure: 298 million)."

Not true either, (actual figure more like 316 million.) We won't accuse the Brit guy of being misunderstood, misrepresented, or ignorant. But it does seem you should know what you're talking about if you're going to make a case about the ignorance of others.

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News Item2/17/14 5:07 PM
carl haydock | england  Contact via emailFind all comments by carl haydock
Get real. I notice you are using english as a language. If us brits are that dumb then invent your own.
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News Item2/17/14 2:28 PM
R. K. Borill | Baton Rouge, Louisiana  Protected NameFind all comments by R. K. Borill
There is nothing unbiblical about Pentecostalism as Pentecostal Churches preach the biblical doctrine of salvation that salvation comes only through embracing Jesus as ones Savior by trusting in Him alone for salvation. My Nephew and Niece In-Law and their family who reside in Tulare, California are Pentecostals who are Born Again, trust in Jesus alone for salvation and attend First Church of God of Tulare, California.

John Y.

Since there are many false christs and false prophets, your response does not convince me that you know the gospel. It it that which distinguishes the true Christ. See 1 Cor. 15

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News Item2/17/14 1:22 PM
mike falsia | brooklyn ny  Contact via emailFind all comments by mike falsia
Most people simply don't care about such matters! No, sex sports and vanity are far worthy of their limited attention span. After all life is all about pleasure and good feelings.
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News Item2/17/14 12:49 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
SteveR wrote:
There is more evidence for a random sample of an infinite population being statistically significant within a few percentage points than there is for an earth orbit speed of 67,000mph
Are you up to the task of supplying a proof for that sweeping claim?
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News Item2/17/14 12:02 PM
pennned  Find all comments by pennned
http://rsf.org/index2014/en-index2014.php#

Reporters Without Borders reports the 2014 World Press Freedom Index, showing US in 46th place in the world. Just next to Haiti. Problem is, people are not informed, and with the strongest mil in world history, it is to the advantage of those who create markets to keep them that way. for most evangelicals, this is not a problem, as popular evangelical pastors made it clear on Larry King Live years ago, to the highest powers, we are to give our absolute trust. Journalism and free exchange of ideas are simply incompatible with modern evangelists. We'll talk theology all day, but woe to those who apply it to real life.

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News Item2/17/14 11:48 AM
GSTexas  Find all comments by GSTexas
Get real, you cannot faithfully study scripture, and play satanic video games at the sametime, that is simply ridiculous. This explains why your comments are so inflammatory, and devoid of spiritual discernment (at least partially explains it anyway, Im sure there are other factors involved).
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News Item2/17/14 9:23 AM
get real | earth  Find all comments by get real
carl haydock wrote:
Hey neil, are you upset at the story or because you think it makes AMERICANS look bad
Brits Are Stupid Too

Where Do Eggs And Milk Come From, ! in 3 youths

there ya go Carl ... hope this makes you smarter than your fellow countrymen

one guy wrote:

Re: Why Are British/UK People so Dumb?
Was not so long ago that a third of the world map was red, which meant the UK ruled it.

When was the last time the USA managed that then..

Lets see.................. That would be never then...

let me see ... that would have been easy ... you overtook cavemen with bearskins and stone knives and you did it brutally ... you can't take over now because you lack the intellect to overtake a modern society ...
that's why soon you will obey sharia law ... lolz
and always remember ... you are stranded on a tiny spit of sand in an enldless sea ... XD

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News Item2/17/14 9:20 AM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
Neil wrote:
Statisticians may have a pedantic answer for that, but I still don't know why we should believe them. Plus, in this case we have no information regarding the survey's methodology; absent that, it's not worth repeating.
For all we know, some respondents may have been putting them on, as a lark, for asking questions like that which insult their intelligence.
Pedantic? No

There is more evidence for a random sample of an infinite population being statistically significant within a few percentage points than there is for an earth orbit speed of 67,000mph

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News Item2/17/14 8:58 AM
get real | earth  Find all comments by get real
Strat wrote:
The information age in regard to people's knowledge is like lipstick on a Pig,the overwhelming majority of internet usage is Porn first,gaming and entertainment,social media,which is just a high tech way to exchange and share ignorance and at the very bottom we have educational usage.
I suspect when the final analysis is done the information age just made us stupid slaves.
Gaming is what i do when i listen to scripture ... over 30 mmorpg's and 9 years of listening whilst i slay dragons ... God given discernment can be used ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE. you do not need to hole up like a monk ... the selfish do this thinking they do God's work ...

wow a brit slam piece ... tell me something new? they have been jealous of america since we parted ...

stupid brits http://youtu.be/E9dCwwzXC4I
see we both can play this game ... duh

what if i told you america was the melting pot of the world so by extraction the whole world is populated by the stupid ...

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News Item2/17/14 8:28 AM
Thomas the Doubter | Ohio  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
If they take that poll in West Virginia there would be an even higher percentage that dont know.
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News Item2/17/14 4:37 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Yawn wrote:
What is your problem anyway? You don't believe that my Pentecostal Nephew and Niece In-Law and their family are saved eventhough they state that they are Born Again and trust in Jesus alone for salvation? Look up the website for First Church of God of Tulare, California where my Nephew and Niece In-Law and their family attend and in the Statement of Faith it states that First Church of God of Tulare, California believes that salvation comes only through embracing Jesus as ones Savior by trusting in Him alone for salvation.
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News Item2/16/14 8:29 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
GSTexas wrote:
I was thinking the same thing Neil. How are the answers of 2200 Americans representative of 300+ million Americans?
Statisticians may have a pedantic answer for that, but I still don't know why we should believe them. Plus, in this case we have no information regarding the survey's methodology; absent that, it's not worth repeating.

For all we know, some respondents may have been putting them on, as a lark, for asking questions like that which insult their intelligence.

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News Item2/16/14 8:25 PM
GSTexas  Find all comments by GSTexas
I was thinking the same thing Neil. How are the answers of 2200 Americans representative of 300+ million Americans?
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News Item2/16/14 8:21 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
carl haydock wrote:
Hey neil, are you upset at the story or because you think it makes AMERICANS look bad
False dilemma. It may make journalists look bad for not raising questions like mine.
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News Item2/16/14 8:19 PM
carl haydock | england  Contact via emailFind all comments by carl haydock
Hey neil, are you upset at the story or because you think it makes AMERICANS look bad
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News Item2/16/14 7:36 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Yet another British story about Those Stupid Americans. Maybe it helps them feel better about themselves.

Anyhow, just how ‚Äúscientific‚ÄĚ is this survey?
1) AAAS has an agenda which is reinforced by it, so it's liable to Conflict of Interest;
2) The sample size is .0007% of the U.S. population (2200/313e6*100). How's this for Hasty Generalization?

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News Item2/16/14 6:18 PM
Yawn  Find all comments by Yawn
John Yurich USA wrote:
There is nothing unbiblical about Pentecostalism as Pentecostal Churches preach the biblical doctrine of salvation that salvation comes only through embracing Jesus as ones Savior by trusting in Him alone for salvation. My Nephew and Niece In-Law and their family who reside in Tulare, California are Pentecostals who are Born Again, trust in Jesus alone for salvation and attend First Church of God of Tulare, California.
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News Item2/16/14 5:41 PM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
R. K. Borill wrote:
Thanks to Pentecostalism, the Beast, and the False Prophet, I venture to say that fewer than 1 in 4 could tell you the gospel.
There is nothing unbiblical about Pentecostalism as Pentecostal Churches preach the biblical doctrine of salvation that salvation comes only through embracing Jesus as ones Savior by trusting in Him alone for salvation. My Nephew and Niece In-Law and their family who reside in Tulare, California are Pentecostals who are Born Again, trust in Jesus alone for salvation and attend First Church of God of Tulare, California.
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News Item2/16/14 5:29 PM
R. K. Borill | Baton Rouge, Louisiana  Protected NameFind all comments by R. K. Borill
Thanks to Pentecostalism, the Beast, and the False Prophet, I venture to say that fewer than 1 in 4 could tell you the gospel.
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