Education Systems…Good News! UK Now As Ignorant as US Public…Take the Science Test
Doc Brown, played by actor Christopher Lloyd in the Back to the Future films, is beloved discoverer of X-rays, say many Brits.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2086335/Great-Scott-16-believe-Back-Futures-Dr-Emmet-Brown-discovered-radiation-science-survey-shows-British-ignorance.html But this is in truth a step forward compared to past centuries and decades of officially enforced ignorance and education for the few…and why many Libs fgeel we need more free learning without official interference and right-wing religious ‘science’ dunderheads who demean than ever…how will you do (we scored 100%, so there)…
Great Scott! 16% believe Back to the Future’s Dr Emmet Brown discovered radiation as science survey shows British ignorance… but can you do any better?
Take the quiz below…
The poll of 1,000 adults, conducted on behalf of Encyclopaedia Britannica, found that almost half (46 per cent) believe that Oxygen, rather than Nitrogen, is the main component of air.
Nearly one in five (19 per cent) answered that Earth’s twin planet is Proxima Centauri, rather than Venus, while 15 per cent said that the periodic table is arranged alphabetically.
However, the poll also revealed how common misconceptions are accepted as fact.
Only six per cent correctly answered that humans use all of their brain capacity, compared to the third who incorrectly believe it’s just 10 per cent.
More than a half confused our solar system with a galaxy, believing that the former contains more than 10 million stars.
The average score was eight out of 20. Just one per cent answered every single question correctly.
The survey was conducted to promote Britannica Pathways, a new online research tool which aims to improve science knowledge in the young and correct misconceptions at an early stage.
Ian Grant, Managing Director of Encyclopaedia Britannica UK, said: ‘Many of us have grown up to believe certain things are true in science, without ever questioning them. And, as this research suggests, scientific misconceptions, once picked up, can stay with us for our whole lives.
‘Because misconceptions are often picked up early and easily, it’s important that our teachers are given the necessary tools to tackle these misunderstandings head-on.’
Encyclopaedia Britannica was founded in 1768 at the height of the Enlightenment.
… But can you do any better?
1. Who wrote the “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy”?
Dr. Christian Jessen
2. Who wrote the book ‘On the Origin of the Species’?
3. In the equation e=mc2, what does the ‘c’ stand for?
The Speed of Light
4. What is Doppler Shift?
The change in levels of radiation emitted from radioactive materials
The change in frequency of a wave between an object and the wave’s source
A deep space telescope
The relationship between temperature and pressure
Movement between continents on Earth surface
A German Scientist
5. Which doctor performed the first lung transplant?
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
Dr. James Hardy
Dr. Christian Jesse
Professor Wayne Szalinski
Dr. Nicholas Riviera
Dr. Daisuke Serizawa
6. What is the main component of air?
Air (air is an element)
7. What percentage of the brain does the average human use?
8. What colour is the Sun?
9. Who discovered Radioactivity
Dr. Emmett Brown
Dr. Clayton Forrester
10. What is an Enzyme?
A unit of measurement in Biology
A catalyst in chemical reactions
A subatomic particle
A force acting on an object
11. How are elements arranged in the Periodic Table?
By when they were discovered
By how useful they are
By how radioactive they are
By their atomic number
By their state at room temperature
12. Who first proposed that the Earth revolves around the Sun?
Sir Patrick Moore
13. What is a Pathogen?
A specific branch of scientific study
A microorganism – such as bacteria and viruses
The name for a light bulb filament
A piece of scientific equipment
A unit of measurement
A chemical in the human immune system which kills viruses
14. When, approximately, did the big bang happen?
0.5 Billion years ago
6,000 years ago
12.75 Million years ago
13.7 Billion years ago
200 Billion years ago
7 Billion years ago
15. How many planets are there in the solar system?
16. How many stars are in our solar system?
17. Approximately how long does it take sunlight to reach earth?
18. How long does it take the Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis?
19. What approximate temperature is absolute zero?0 °C
- 100 °C
- 362 °C
- 1000 °C
- 468 °C
20. Which planet is ‘Earth’s Twin?’
THE ANSWERS: SO HOW MANY DID YOU GET? … BE HONEST!
1) Isaac Newton; 2) Charles Darwin; 3) The Speed of Light; 4) The change in frequency of a wave between an object and the wave’s source; 5) Dr. James Hardy; 6) Nitrogen; 7) 100%; 8) White; 9) Henri Becquerel; 10) A catalyst in chemical reactions; 11) By their atomic number; 12) Nicolaus Copernicus; 13) A microorganism – such as bacteria and viruses; 14) 13.7 Billion years ago; 15) 8; 16) 1; 17) 8 minutes; 18) 24 hours; 19) -273 °C; 20) Venus.