Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Don't shoot the messenger!


Things to make Galileo spin in his grave...

From Cornelia Dean's "Scientific Savvy? In U.S., Not Much" a glimpse into the mind of America.Geocentric model
...only 20 to 25 percent of Americans are "scientifically savvy and alert,"...

Dr. Miller's data reveal some yawning gaps in basic knowledge. American adults in general do not understand what molecules are (other than that they are really small). Fewer than a third can identify DNA as a key to heredity. Only about 10 percent know what radiation is. One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth, an idea science had abandoned by the 17th century.
In all fairness, I'm sure the results would be similarly appalling in the Caribbean too.

5 Ninjas, 1 Kitten and a Fifth of Vodka!