It May Be Time to Concede That There Is Such a Thing as Willful Ignorance


In 2012, the National Science Foundation conducted a public survey on basic knowledge of science, but the results were just released.

The survey tracked the answers provided by 2,200 randomly selected adults to ten true-or false questions. The item that has attracted the most media attention has been the stunning revelation that 26% of the respondents did not know that the Earth orbits around the sun.

Here are the other, often equally dismaying results:

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