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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2018/08/24

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

Craig A. Foster of the US Air Force Academy and NCSE's Glenn Branch
discuss polling data about public opinion about the shape of the Earth
for Scientific American's blog.


Writing for Scientific American's blog (August 21, 2018), Craig A.
Foster of the US Air Force Academy and NCSE's Glenn Branch discuss
what "seems to have been the first systematic attempt to assess the
American population's views on the shape of the Earth."

Despite ambiguities in the details provided by the pollster, Foster
and Branch concluded that younger people were less likely to agree
with the scientifically established view of the shape of the Earth,
although apparently not as less likely as previously reported. The
reason is not because they are more likely to agree that the Earth is
flat, however, but because they are more likely to be uncertain or
ambivalent about the shape of the Earth. The reason for their
uncertainty or ambivalence is unclear, and further survey research
will be needed.

Foster and Branch conclude with the moral that although "the results
of a single public opinion survey are by no means authoritative ...
reliable and transparent survey research is crucial in considering
public understanding and acceptance of science."

For Foster and Branch's blog post for Scientific American, visit: 

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Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
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