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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun




    I thought this article was about America prior to Galileo? Scary....
    Yes indeed. Scary thought that so many Americans are that ignorant. It makes me wonder what they do indeed think- that the earth is just out here floating in space, and there is no relationship between the planets, sun, moon, stars, and everything else the universe consists of? Do they not think at all about where they are? That frankly just blows my mind.
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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

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    Maybe I'm missing something, but what are you saying? That YEC's don't exist? Or that they're incredibly rare?
    Just asked my Wife if she knew anyone who beieves that and she said no. As a matter of fact, those people were marginalized in her church.

    Sounds like false propoganda created by the Left.
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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    Just asked my Wife if she knew anyone who beieves that and she said no. As a matter of fact, those people were marginalized in her church.

    Sounds like false propoganda created by the Left.
    Anecdotal evidence does not disprove
    Ex) A girl I know school in school is a racist. Sounds like racism is gone is false propaganda created by the Right (which is of course absurd)
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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Insisting on young earth creationism is stupidity, not just spectacularly wrong.
    Yet you just admitted above that in fact they are very likely to not be stupid.

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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Has nothing to do with any "dumbing down of the schools", nor do I think it has anything to do with young earth. I think it has more to do with the survey. Sampling can be a real bitch and folks don't always get it right. Some times they don't get it right on purpose, like when they're stumping for money.

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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Yet you just admitted above that in fact they are very likely to not be stupid.
    I already addressed this with regards to compartmentalized stupidity.

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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Yes indeed. Scary thought that so many Americans are that ignorant. It makes me wonder what they do indeed think- that the earth is just out here floating in space, and there is no relationship between the planets, sun, moon, stars, and everything else the universe consists of? Do they not think at all about where they are? That frankly just blows my mind.


    Based on my decades of watching and analyzing people, I think a lot of it may be attributable to the NIMBY mindset: if it isn't in my backyard, or neighborhood, or important in my everyday life... it might as well not exist and I won't be bothered to think about it.

    As long as the sun comes UP in the morning, they just don't give a **** which circles what.

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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    Just asked my Wife if she knew anyone who beieves that and she said no. As a matter of fact, those people were marginalized in her church.

    Sounds like false propoganda created by the Left.
    So your wife doesn't know any young earth creationists? Well, I guess that's that, then.

    Again, google the polls on young earth creationists. Again, the polls don't fluctuate very wildly.

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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Based on my decades of watching and analyzing people, I think a lot of it may be attributable to the NIMBY mindset: if it isn't in my backyard, or neighborhood, or important in my everyday life... it might as well not exist and I won't be bothered to think about it.

    As long as the sun comes UP in the morning, they just don't give a **** which circles what.
    I just can't imagine not being interested in where I am, and my planet's relationship to everything else out there.
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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I just can't imagine not being interested in where I am, and my planet's relationship to everything else out there.


    Ditto, but I've known quite a few people who just don't care about anything outside their narrow life experience and tend not to retain information about things they consider irrelevant to same.

    More than once I've heard people, who were NOT necessarily idiots, when confronted by some bit of astronomical information ponder out loud, "Now, the sun goes around the Earth... or is it the other way around?" They've probably been exposed to the information at some point, they just mentally classified it as "irrelevant to my real life" and as soon as the test was over they promptly relegated that datum to some shriveled and lonely neuron crouching amid the cobwebs of some unfashionable corner of their brain, where it eventually died from boredom and a lack of company.

    I dated a girl once (briefly), who was like that. She couldn't remember which went around which and would tell you frankly she didn't care. She thought men in Scotland were "stupid and gay for wearing skirts" when the matter came to her attention... when I tried to point out that it was a cultural norm there she waved her hand at me and said "no man wears a skirt in public unless he's stupid and gay" and declined to think any further on the matter.

    Her mind was as narrow as her world and I ditched her as fast as possible.

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