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astropin
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Posted - 07/09/2009 :  10:14:33  Show Profile Send astropin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/10/science/10survey.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

"On the whole, scientists believe American research leads the world. But only 17 percent of the public agree and the proportion who name scientific advances as among the nation's most important achievements has fallen to 27 percent from nearly 50 percent in 1999, the survey found."

"Almost a third say human beings have existed in their current form since the beginning of time, a view held by only 2 percent of the scientists. Only about half agree that people are behind climate change, and 11 percent do not believe there is any warming at all."


Somebody stop this planet....I want to get off.

I would rather face a cold reality than delude myself with comforting fantasies.

You are free to believe what you want to believe and I am free to ridicule you for it.

Atheism:
The result of an unbiased and rational search for the truth.

Infinitus est numerus stultorum

Maverick
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Sweden
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Posted - 07/11/2009 :  10:44:08   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Maverick a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"Almost a third say human beings have existed in their current form since the beginning of time, a view held by only 2 percent of the scientists."


2% of the scientists believe that? That's an extremely high percentage in my opinion. Perhaps I'm wrong.

And I think we need more science popularisers, like Neil deGrasse Tyson. The public must understand science much better than now. It's not necessary to be experts in any area, but we should understand what science is, why it's important, and we have to know the basics in some fields. Otherwise I'm not sure our civilisation will survive for as long as I was hoping it would...

"Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy." -- Carl Sagan
Edited by - Maverick on 07/11/2009 10:45:39
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Simon
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Posted - 07/11/2009 :  11:29:38   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Simon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Maverick

"Almost a third say human beings have existed in their current form since the beginning of time, a view held by only 2 percent of the scientists."


2% of the scientists believe that? That's an extremely high percentage in my opinion. Perhaps I'm wrong.

And I think we need more science popularisers, like Neil deGrasse Tyson. The public must understand science much better than now. It's not necessary to be experts in any area, but we should understand what science is, why it's important, and we have to know the basics in some fields. Otherwise I'm not sure our civilisation will survive for as long as I was hoping it would...


Totally agreed.

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
Carl Sagan - 1996
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