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Americans Sending Mixed Signals On Science

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 16:59:13 -0500
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Subject: Americans Sending Mixed Signals On Science

Source: MSNBC.Com - Redmond, Washington, USA


Feb 17, 2007

Americans Sending Mixed Signals On Science

Knowledge of core subjects increasing, but so is belief in

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - People in the U.S. know more about basic
science today than they did two decades ago, good news that
researchers say is tempered by an unsettling growth in the
belief in pseudoscience such as astrology and visits by
extraterrestrial aliens.

In 1988 only about 10 percent knew enough about science to
understand reports in major newspapers, a figure that grew to 28
percent by 2005, according to Jon D. Miller, a Michigan State
University professor. He presented his findings Saturday at the
annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science.

The improvement largely reflects the requirement that all
college students have at least some science courses, Miller
said. This way, they can better keep up with new developments
through the media.

A panel of researchers expressed concern that people are giving
increasing credence to pseudoscience such as the visits of space
aliens, lucky numbers and horoscopes.

In addition, these researchers noted an increase in college
students who report they are “unsure” about creationism as
compared with evolution.

More recent generations know more factual material about
science, said Carol Susan Losh, an associate professor at
Florida State University. But, she said, when it comes to
pseudoscience, “the news is not good.”

One problem, she said, is that pseudoscience can speak to the
meaning of life in ways that science does not.

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