This is the most baffling question on a new test of Americans’ basic science knowledge


The Pew Research Center just released results from a survey measuring knowledge of basic science knowledge in the US.

Not surprisingly, Americans scored a C on average.

But one of the 12 questions really baffled us: It asked participants to identify the definition of astrology, which isn’t a science.

Astrology is a well-known pseudoscience linking human behavior to the position of stars and planets.

Astronomy, on the other hand, is the scientific study of celestial objects.

For years, Americans have been mixing the two up.

In the National Science Foundation’s annual Science and Technology Indicators, a survey that’s been done for decades, almost half of Americans thought astrology was “sort of” or “very” scientific.

So I understand why the question was included — to see if Americans know the difference between the two “disciplines.” But, in my opinion, they got the wording all wrong.



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