Earth revolves around the sun? 1 in 4 Americans say no

Posted on: 4:46 am, February 17, 2014, by

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A new National Science Foundation survey offers a look at what people know – and don’t know – about science in the modern age.

One finding that may surprise some? As CNET reported, 25 percent of Americans firmly believe that the sun revolves around the Earth.

It doesn’t. It’s the other way around.

The bracing statistic comes from the NSF‘s survey of more than 2,200 people. The survey is performed every couple of years, to see if America has made any progress on scientific understanding. 

There were other questions asked in the survey, on everything from evolution to government science funding. To read more, click here.


  • I find that impossible to believe, and consider it as little more than Goebbelsian propaganda.

    Even the most dim-witted individuals I have ever spoken to know that the planet earth orbits a star called the sun.

    • john f says:

      It really doesn’t surprise me at all. Ever see the polls on how may “believe” (which in this context really means “understand”) the theory of evolution. The U.S. comes in just ahead of Turkey on the acceptance of the theory of evolution.

      Most don’t even understand what a scientific theory is. And of course the theory of climate change which has somehow become of measure of one’s political commitment to ignorance. They don’t believe in climate change because political pundits, working for the oil and coal industries, tell them not too.

  • Adumbrating says:

    One in four also watch Fox News.

    I see a correlation . . . .

    • john f says:

      Sadly you are 100% correct. Fox is destroying our country and those in charge, Roger, Sean, Billo, etc. don’t care and are hurting our country for money. They should all be ashamed but they don’t care about the country. They mock our president and laugh at the poor. They are more dangerous to our way of life than terrorists.

    • Bill says:

      This is what you get ,in Obamas America!

  • john f says:

    This is part of the right wing dismissing science, degrading teachers and letting political pundits tell people which science they can “believe”. Not quite as bad as the percentage that don’t understand the theory of evolution.
    The worst part is that these new low information science students are proud of their ignorance. Just engage one of them on the subject of climate change.

  • Tom says:

    What idiot comments. Survey after survey demonstrates that conservatives have a far better understanding of science then liberals who tend to only read or listen to Huffing & Post or MSNBC. As to the fool on climate change, the climate on earth has been changing since day one of its formation, most of the time far more drastic then when Al Gore invented global warming.

  • Joe McElroy says:

    See, that’s what you get when the government gets involved in education. 3 out of 4 people wrongly believe the earth revolves around the sun when it is perfectly obvious just by watching the sky that the sun goes around the earth. Don’t let measurements, mathematics and logic delude you. So called “objective facts” are mere projections of the scientific mind onto the perceived universe. The quest and ability to explain and predict natural phenomena is a symptom and consequence of scientific, materialistic reductionism. The result of too much thinking.

  • Nuclear Mike says:

    All these findings relate back to a very basic lack of discipline in our education system which began being “political’zed” in the 60′s & 70′s to today…now we have more than one generation that has been “dumb’ed down”…the “perfect storm” for radical political leaders to assume more power and the end result is a failed Republic…

  • D C says:

    Can any of you sheep out there, use a specific occasion where anybody on Fox News, pundit, reporter, left or right, ever said the sun circled the moon?

    Or, does your hate and ignorance overwhelm your brain to a point of lower intelligence?

  • Skillpot says:

    What difference does it make, now?

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