October 04, 2005

Who Are These Idiots?

From an article about Intelligent Design getting blasted in a Natural History Museum. (Sure, I know it appears that I blast Intelligent Design every chance I get - this is pretty accurate - but I was more interested in the following points):

"1 adult American in five believes that the Sun revolves around Earth, according to one study carried out last summer.

80 per cent of Americans surveyed by the CNN TV news network believe that their government is hiding evidence of the existence of space aliens.

70 per cent believe it likely that Saddam Hussein was involved personally in the 9/11 terrorist attacks."

I'm particularly stunned by the first statement. Isn't it pointed out to every single child in America, at least 90 to 900 times, by teachers, peers, and parents, Sesame Street, somebody, that the freaking sun only LOOKS like it's rising and falling??

How many times in the 18 long years between birth and adulthood does an American person hear the simple fact that the earth goes around the sun? How many mobiles do you see, cartoons, drawings, TV shows, etc etc, to not even mention, maybe, school!?

1 in 5 adults still thinks the sun circles the earth?

Holy crap.


At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Mike Sheffler said...

The thing I don't understand is: Everyone -- everyone is exposed to the truth for some or all of this stuff. So, how is it that they filter out the signal and keep the noise? In the case of the last one, there were people actively engaged in trying to hoodwink the populace, but people would almost have to go out of their way to believe that first one.

Makes me cringe.

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Omni said...

Hey Don, good to see you again!! :-)

Never underestimate the ignorance and stupidity of the average person, sigh...

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Aleah said...

Does one in five adult live in a hole? Or at least in the South?

Interestingly enough, during the Scopes Monley Trial in 1925, Q, I mean, Clarance Darrow used the sun-earth thing to get William Jennings Bryan to admit that some things in the Bible may have been false on purpose because, presumably, God knew that man was dumb and wouldn't understand how it really worked. But he still stuck to his guns about Genesis.

So maybe one in five adults is afraid that if they admit that the sun moves around the earth, contrary to what it says in the bible, then the rest might be wrong too (or that their god thought it was a good idea to lie to them).

At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Derek said...

The thing I wonder about is the 10% who said that Sadam did not have anything to do with 9/11 but STILL believe that the government is hiding knowledge of aliens.


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