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One in four Americans ´do not
know the Earth circles the Sun´

Telegraph [UK], by Barney Henderson

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Posted By:mitzi, 2/15/2014 6:43:33 PM

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. (snip) The question - "Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth" - was answered incorrectly by 26 per cent of respondents. Fewer than half of the respondents - 48 per cent - are aware that humans evolved from earlier species of animals and just 39 percent answered correctly that "the universe began with a huge explosion". A total of 42 per cent of Americans said

People conducting the study are no smarter.

There is no proof that humans evolved from earlier species of animals or the universe started with an explosion. That´s why they´re called the theory of evolution and the big bang theory. There are cosmologists who believe that there was something before the big bang that started everything.

In any event - neither evolution nor the big bang can be proven and will always remain a theories.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: raspberry, 2/15/2014 6:59:42 PM     (No. 9734112)

Well, I did not evolve from a lower form of life. God put the lower forms of life here first and that has confused the theorists.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pearson365, 2/15/2014 7:01:12 PM     (No. 9734114)

Survey should have noted that 87% of Americans know that Kanye West is Kim´s baby daddy. And, that Obama is 100% certain that the world revolves around him.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bobn.t, 2/15/2014 7:01:57 PM     (No. 9734115)

The NEA and gov´t run education.
Like Rush says, "Screwls" and that´s exactly what they are doing to the students.

The NEA needs more money for larger salaries and retirement benefits.
We´ve been hearing that garbage for 40 years now and kids are still being dumbed down and indoctrinated.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: harper, 2/15/2014 7:05:52 PM     (No. 9734116)

Before we laugh and sneer, these are the same people who vote the straight Democrat ticket, and usually more than once per election.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dman, 2/15/2014 7:09:16 PM     (No. 9734117)

I won´t go quite as far as OP, but the more we learn, the more we learn how little we know. We should approach our understanding of such things with awe and humility - and faith. They are not mutually exclusive. This whole life experience is simply a miracle, no matter what the underlying belief.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Northcross, 2/15/2014 7:10:35 PM     (No. 9734119)

That´s nothing-

42% believe that Obama is a great president
32% believe that Obamacare will lower health costs
55% believe we can spend money we don´t have without any consequences
47% believe that outlawing guns will disarm all the criminals
56% of all snowed in New Englanders still believe Al Gore

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Reply 7 - Posted by: 4justice, 2/15/2014 7:24:23 PM     (No. 9734126)

How much do you want to bet that 90% of them belong to the alleged"enlightened party of science", the Democrats???

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Reply 8 - Posted by: HoneyBadger, 2/15/2014 7:25:11 PM     (No. 9734127)

54% think Obama walks on water.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Jalo1951, 2/15/2014 7:26:32 PM     (No. 9734128)

2 in 4 Americans believe Obama is king.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: pinger, 2/15/2014 7:40:48 PM     (No. 9734138)

The National Education Association strikes again. If this and the myriad other instances of people not having the least bit awareness of the country they live in or the world they live upon isn´t an argument for the dissolution of the Department of Education....what will it take? I suspect we can educate our citizens substantially better without the NEA or the DOE and all of the politics that orbit around them.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: grampus, 2/15/2014 7:57:13 PM     (No. 9734149)

Well, to be precise, the earth doesn´t "circle" the sun.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 2/15/2014 7:58:21 PM     (No. 9734150)

Better responses would have come if the question began ... Does the Earth go around that bright, hot thing in the sky (pointing upward)...?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: snakeoil, 2/15/2014 8:09:01 PM     (No. 9734155)

Nobody asked me. So I don´t know how valid this survey is. You can get any result you want from such as survey depending on how the questions are worded. But with our new curricula there are poorly informed youths. I´ve never met any flat earth types and doubt that there´s anyone who doesn´t know the sun is the center of our solar system. Looks like an attempt to ridicule America. And considering what´s in the White House it may be deserved.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 2/15/2014 8:20:32 PM     (No. 9734160)

I haven´t heard Obama tell me the answer therefore I don´t know.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 2/15/2014 8:21:26 PM     (No. 9734161)

#13, FTA:

John Besley of Michigan State University, the lead author of the report´s chapter on public attitudes toward science, said there is a need to wait "to see if it´s a real change" before assessing the significance of the results, but that the data "popped out to me when I saw it".

Apparently, then, it seems to be an attempt by an American to ridicule America.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ersatzluci, 2/15/2014 8:23:02 PM     (No. 9734163)

#11: yup, the earth does not "circle" the Sun, but instead is in a nearly circular orbit in the plane of the ecliptic. But let´s not be specific because that would confuse most people.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: reilly, 2/15/2014 8:46:11 PM     (No. 9734178)

The kids don´t know squat, but the teachers have great retirements, which is way more important.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 2/15/2014 8:50:59 PM     (No. 9734181)

I guarantee 90%+ will know:
1) how to use a condom,
2) recycle,
3) use an iPod,
4) at least 2 people who use pot regularly,
5) who Beyonce is married to.

It´s pitiful, folks. Empires fall, and vacuums are filled. We should focus on being ready to fill the vacuum, because we´re clearly at the end of the road as Americans.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: mark34, 2/15/2014 9:32:30 PM     (No. 9734209)

FTA: "the universe began with a huge explosion".

What thing exploded?

Presumably, that thing (that exploded to become the universe) was in a state of equilibrium prior to exploding; what outside force acted on it to cause it to explode (Applying Newton´s(?) fundamental law, that thing would have remained in a state of rest until acted upon by an external force)?

Who was there to witness and affirm that an explosion deed definitely occur?

That thing that exploded to produce the universe - how did it come into being?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Observer177, 2/15/2014 9:40:12 PM     (No. 9734217)

Well, let’s see. Virtually unfireable teachers--check, virtually unlimited open season on nubile students for sexual predator teachers--check, many teachers and principals who, in essence, are functionally illiterate—check, dumbed down curriculum in which Leftist propaganda subverts and substitutes for actual facts and knowledge—check, students who are taught to denigrate and hate America,--check, students who can be relied on to chant, "its Bush´s fault"--check, students who receive diplomas they can’t even read—check.

Well, then, here are our shiny, new “graduates,”--who don’t know nothin’ about anything,’ but who can reel off, verbatim, the etiology of global warming and how many polar bears float to their deaths on chunks of ice due to it, can name the current front runners on American Idol, talk about the latest products, can discuss how to use a “dental dam,” can inform us who the latest Hollywood “baby momma” is, can duplicate every single obscenity in the latest rap “song,” and don’t find it weird that there’s a “boy” in the woman’s john who says that –as a "transgendered youth"—it’s his right to be there.

Boy, are we proud.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: web, 2/15/2014 9:43:52 PM     (No. 9734222)

I am unaware that humans evolved from earlier species of animals, since I have never seen any evidence of such a thing. No fossil record of evolution. No example ANYWHERE on Earth, at any time, of one species "evolving" into a different species. There are only distinct species, with no examples whatsoever of half-monkeys/half-humans, reptiles changing into birds. If this THEORY was true, why did its mechanism of evolutionary change stop?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 2/15/2014 10:02:58 PM     (No. 9734236)

No, but these same fools know that the sun, moon, and stars circle 0bama.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 2/15/2014 10:10:21 PM     (No. 9734242)

Retarded Barney didn´t bother to read the (lengthy) study (it´s linked). I did.

From the study: ´´A survey experiment showed that 48% of respondents said they thought it was true that “human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals,” but 72% gave this response when the same statement was prefaced by “according to the theory of evolution.” Similarly, 39% of respondents said that “the universe began with a huge explosion,” but 60% gave this response when the statement was prefaced by “according
to astronomers.”

thus the responses were not driven by ignorance - rather that by either by religious faith or a healthy scepticism.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/15/2014 10:22:15 PM     (No. 9734246)

How many Americans let the gov make decisions for them ?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: spotter, 2/15/2014 10:31:58 PM     (No. 9734252)

What??? And I thought Earth circled the Moon!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Emmajustin, 2/16/2014 12:25:37 AM     (No. 9734300)

#19, you silly bear, don´t you know that public screwl teaches us that first there was this gooo, then the goo blew up and then an amoeba thing crawled out of the sea, see, and after a few years, it grew an eye (pun intended), still with me?
Ok, then it needed feet because it was dry, so it got feet. Fast forward a few years and we have monkeys (don´t worry I won´t take the low hanging fruit and make a reference to the Mooch), and after the monkey we got Africaner, and then Americans.
Please try to keep up.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: JimBob, 2/16/2014 2:01:02 AM     (No. 9734321)

The author DID provide a link to the survey. The survey showed that the score for Americans was 74% (3 in 4) got it right, for the EU it was 66% (2 in THREE) got it right!

The wording was ´Does the earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the earth?´

As bad as the USA did in the surveys, the EU was measurably WORSE!
Talk about ´cherry picking´ your information to make a misleading, derogatory headline!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/16/2014 6:16:02 AM     (No. 9734373)

This is the end result of a public school education under libtard unions. By the time Common Core gets done, 95% will think the world is flat. But hey! They have great esteem and know everything there is to know about sex.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: mickeymat, 2/16/2014 9:10:33 AM     (No. 9734537)

The Telegraph embarrassingly has changed the article. Missing is the sentence saying humans evolved from lesser animals which of course is false. Missing link anyone? This is the kind of thing liberals do. They are smug and know-it-all ish-and often wrong allowing their hubris to get the best of them.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Time4AR2, 2/16/2014 9:31:17 AM     (No. 9734570)

IF it were me:

I would have asked,"How many days does it take for the moon to go around the sun?" [think hard]

acceptable answer: 365 days.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: toddh, 2/16/2014 9:54:04 AM     (No. 9734600)

Creationists are such damned idiots.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: papasparky, 2/17/2014 10:38:36 AM     (No. 9735718)

Late to the party . . . My neighbor told me just this morning over the back yard fence, (yes it´s balmy in this part of Arkansas) that Algore has determined that earth is radiating its warming to the planet Hillary.

Then as Hillary heats up, its (her?) activity increases causing her (its) gravitational pull to increase and alter the political orbit of the lolling in space Obama asstroid.

This indeterminate mingling of these unpredictable attractions between planet Hillary and asstroid Obama is causing an alteration of the trajectory of masses involved and make it impossible to accurately understand or describe the circular fiasco present at this time.

Therefore, answering the survey question is impossible, rendering all opinions theoretically correct. (side note: seismic activity near Sir Isaac Newton´s grave site has been recorded)

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First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already

Harry Reid Doubles Down on Bundy
Ranch: ´If They´re Patriots, We´re
in Big Trouble´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 9:39:40 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.” Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women and children, in fact one

Those ‘rogue’ agents
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New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:37:07 AM     Post Reply
Remember when Lois Lerner, in answering a planted question at an American Bar Association conference, admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups but tried to pass it off as the work of rogue agents — “our line people in Cincinnati”? Today we know there were indeed federal agents involved. But they weren’t rogue, and they weren’t confined to IRS workers in Cincinnati. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, we now have an e-mail Lerner sent to colleagues noting the Department of Justice was looking into criminal prosecutions of these tax-exempt groups. We know something else, too. These investigations

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility

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People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his

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