25 percent of Americans believe the Sun revolves around the Earth, according to survey

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So, apparently 25 percent of Americans believe that the Sun revolves around the Earth.

Yes, you read that correctly. A recent survey made by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which took into account over 2,200 people from America, found that only 74% knew that the Earth revolved around the Sun.

The survey wasn’t just about Earth’s position in our solar system, and out of 9 questions that were science-related, the average score was 6.5.

Another question on the survey had a result that I wish was more surprising. The percentage of people in the study who knew that humans evolved from other species was 48 percent.

This survey is one that is taken every two years and the results are presented to the President as well as other law makers in the United States.

While it may be alright for someone like Sherlock Holmes to not know that the Earth revolves around the Sun, at least he has the benefit of being a fictional character and an incredibly entertaining one as well. As for the rest of us, apparently a little science 101 may be in order.

[via Cnet, AFP, image via Mulberry24’s flickr]

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  • Ashraf

    I don’t know what you all are talking about. The Sun revolves around me. True story.

  • Kevin shebib

    P.S. For those of you who beleive that earth is 6000 years old and that we did not evolve from something else.. I have some CARBON dated fossils that prove otherwise…

  • Kevin shebib

    Considering relative movement (relative to us), The sun does infact revolve around the earth it’s only when we realize that the earth is spinning and that the spinning earth is revolving around the sun that we realize that the sun is stationary…. But the sun is moving as well! Our galaxy is spinning as well … So if you look at relative speed in a stopped car it’s zero, and the earth is spinning around the sun at x miles per hour, but our galaxy too is infact moving.

  • John C

    [@Seamus McSeamus] The Earth is most definitely *not* flat .. it’s full of hills! Well, except maybe for a few places like Florida, Louisiana and Illinois ;-)

  • Seamus McSeamus

    Okay, maybe the Sun *doesn’t* revolve around the Earth. Take that from me if you will, but I will denounce as a heretic anyone who disputes the flatness of the Earth!

  • Ashraf

    [@Darcy] For a second I thought you quoted McKalin… Vamien McKalin :-P

    [@crimsonsword] You would be surprised how educated (many) people are from India.

  • crimsonsword

    Not to worry, 90% from India think the entire universe revolves round the Earth

  • Mike S.

    Mencken must have been a very depressed and depressing man indeed. Sometimes the cup actually is half full.

  • Jeff Belanger


    Love that you quoted Mencken.

  • “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” ? Benjamin Franklin

    “The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues, and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else…Their purpose, in brief, is to make docile and patriotic citizens, to pile up majorities, and to make John Doe and Richard Doe as nearly alike, in their everyday reactions and ways of thinking, as possible.” – H. L. Mencken