WIDESPREAD SCIENTIFIC ILLITERACY
Hard as it is to believe, a recent National Science Foundation survey of
US adults showed that:
- Only 48% know that the Earth orbits the sun yearly.
- Only 11% can define a molecule.
- 1 in 7 adults -- 25 million people -- cannot find the US on an unlabelled
- 1/3 of US adults believe in astrology, and do not understand that astrology
is not scientific.
PRESSING SCIENCE-BASED ISSUES
The whole premise of democracy is that it
is safe to leave important questions to the court of public opinion -- but is it safe to
leave them to the court of public ignorance?
But, at the same time, our society is currently confronting critical
- Of the 16 stated goals of US foreign policy, 13 involve science, technology
or health considerations.
- About 50% of the major bills currently before Congress contain a major
scientific or technology component.
JOIN THE SCIENCE COMMUNICATION BANDWAGON
bereft public -- facing critical medical, technological, defense and environmental choices
-- is primed for bad decision-making. Fortunately though, increasing numbers of scientists
are recognizing the importance of communicating with the public. In a recent survey, over
80% of scientists said that they are willing to learn how to communicate better. By
improving your ability to convey science in clear, concise and compelling words that reach
the widest possible audience, you can help spread the gospel of science.