Posted on February 15, 2014
1 in 4 Americans Don’t Know Earth Orbits the Sun. Yes, Really.
This is sad stuff, we we’ve heard it before. This is actually the least of the problems. The lack of scientific awareness is also why people believe in ghosts, alternative medicine, conspiracy theories, creationism, intelligent design, bigfoot, astrology, hollow earth, we didn’t land on the moon, alien abductions, talking to the dead, global warming is not happening, and on and on. Earth orbiting the sun is incredibly basic. You can tech this to a 3-4 year old (I assume; I have no kids). But if you can’t get the basics right, you are susceptible to any kind of nonsense out there. You will have no educated reason to believe one claim over the other. The sad part, as evidenced by this article, you’ll be able to find a large number of similarly uneducated people that agree with your nonsense, thus reinforcing your incorrect beliefs. And these beliefs become a part of the decisions you make in day to day life that affect other people around them.
Education and critical thinking are the only ways out.