This was taken from some survey in Australia: "The number of 18-24 year olds who knew the Earth took a year to orbit the sun dropped from 74 per cent in 2010 to 62 per cent in 2013."
Holy **** that's poor. You don't need to be scientifically literate to know that. The concept of a year and what it represents is such basic knowledge. Baffling.
Whenever I see a survey like that it really illustrates how small a proportion of the population I have direct contact with. We take that for granted but so many people just wouldn't have come across that ****.
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yeah that's exactly what I was thinking. Even still though, I'd have thought more of the relatively uneducated population of Australia would be able to answer a question like that. You learn something like that in like year 3 or 4 ffs.
I wonder how many people think winter and summer is based on how far the earth is from the sun? Even more I'd bet.
Yeah but that's because it seems a bit counter intuitive. I wouldn't expect many people would know that, but that's simply because they would answer with the more 'obvious' alternative.
Yea, I agree. Many freshman in physics class answer that way. It's just interesting. It makes sense quickly once you ask them to explain northern vs hemisphere seasons.
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"The number of 18-24 year olds who knew the Earth took a year to orbit the sun dropped from 74 per cent in 2010 to 62 per cent in 2013.
They still did better than women overall on that question. Only half the women answered it correctly compared to 68 per cent of men.
Generally men, young people or people with a higher education level did best."
Which probably shouldn't be too surprising. Science is probably still more popular amongst men than women, although I don't have figures to back that up.
Known fact that women on a whole are inferior at nearly everything except backstabbing and playing the victim card
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