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PamGH December 12th, 2015 4:02am

True or False. Americans are not armed with the basic knowledge of science. Lack of scientific literacy makes it easier for the public to be duped by scary headlines and junk science.

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liam2013 iowa
12/18/15 6:15 pm

It is the media which exaggerates every new science story in order to up their ratings. If you are familiar with scientific methodology. You are less likely to be duped.

TheMobius Siberian Gulag
12/13/15 9:20 am

That explains the belief in climate change

elianastar FreeSpeech
12/12/15 4:43 pm

Too often Americans are *indoctrinated* not *educated*.

*That's* the problem.

susanr Colorado
12/12/15 11:34 am

In general, very true.

PresWK Minnesota
12/12/15 9:31 am

They could also use a bit more finesse in logic and statistics

susanr Colorado
12/12/15 11:33 am

Thank you! Those are two subjects that I strongly wish were required courses (or at least modules) in high school.

TNBONES East Tennessee
12/12/15 7:15 am

I think global warming is a prime example. What happened to the ice age we were suppose to have in the 70's?

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
12/12/15 6:37 am

'Some' Americans yes. 'All' Americans no.

PamGH SW Washington
12/12/15 12:20 pm

Shall we settle with "most"? πŸ‘ΌπŸ»

uhhmm Texas
12/12/15 4:29 am

I believe one problem is people confuse a statement by a scientist as a statement of science.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
12/11/15 9:47 pm

You wrote two different statements and the said true or false. Was that intentional?

franc New Jersey
12/11/15 9:08 pm part of Carl Sagan's last interview with Charlie Rose, in which he talks about this.

RoDe Latinus wordsus
12/11/15 9:39 pm

I think having the public understand science was a passion of his. I remember seeing a quote of his something along the lines of, "I'm a good communicator of science to the public because it is so difficult for me to understand in the first place."