Sunday, February 13, 2011

32 Percent of Russians Think the Sun Revolves Around Earth

And Al Gore still thinks that he controls the weather...

From AOL News:
Does the sun revolve around Earth? Is radioactivity a human invention? Did humans ever live side by side with dinosaurs? A surprising number of people in Russia answered those and other questions with a resounding "yes."

A survey published this week by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center targeted scientific superstitions among Russian citizens and was released as Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev, announced that Russia should develop its own space exploration agenda.

Yet, with their country about to take bolder moves for a future in space, 32 percent of Russians dismiss the idea that the sun is the center of our solar system -- a belief known as geocentrism.

"It may just be that this is a widespread common popular view, because that's the way it looks. In terms of what you need to know to make it through life, it may well be irrelevant," said James Oberg, an NBC News space consultant.

A former 22-year career rocket scientist and one of the world's leading experts on American and Russian space exploration, Oberg feels that the survey answers depend on how they were asked, in addition to how people normally process information.
It's a wonder they made it into space with that kind of thinking.

...and Russians still think their women are hot too!

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