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Iron Curtain Dunces

February 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

So what do you think?  Does the sun revolve around the Earth? One in every three Russians thinks so, a spokeswoman for state pollster VsTIOM said on Friday.

In a survey released this week, 32 percent of Russians believed the Earth was the centre of the Solar system; 55 percent that all radioactivity is man-made; and 29 percent that the first humans lived when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.

“It’s really quite amazing,” spokeswoman Olga Kamenchuk said of the survey that polled 1,600 people across Russia’s regions in January, with a 3.4-percent margin of error.

“All of them (the questions) were absolutely obvious… the data speaks of the low levels of education in the country.”

However, people tend to forget what they have been taught at school if it is not part of daily use, she added: “I wonder whether our colleagues in other countries would find any different.”

The study also found that women were more likely than men to believe the scientific fallacies.  Maybe the question was asked in a weird way or maybe they just asked people rushing down the street to get to work in the cold.  Seems to me that 90% should have gotten this correct.

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