Many a time I have scratched my head baffled at juries, prosecutors, and even judges who just seemingly hate science. I am not talking about competing legitimate theories rooted in science, but rather intentional ignorance or flat-out denial in favor of the unsupported or pseudo-scientific.
The National Science Foundation just released its findings about scientific knowledge and attitudes in the United States. It also compared the US to other countries. The National Science Board’s Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 highlights some major developments in international and U.S. science and technology (S&T) as well as tracking trends and beliefs. The results are really scary.
- Only 73% of the US believes in a heliocentric solar system?
- Only 38% of us believe in the Big Bang Theory?
- Only 47% believe in evolution?
Yet incredibly, when they are in the courtroom jurors and judges accept forensic science blindly. Go figure.