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Things you should know

Sciencereligion One of the problems I keep running into on the religion discussion list I occasionally drop in on, is the usual lack of knowledge about science, coupled with an unwillingness to see its relevance. Science, for many religious people, is The Enemy, the Antichrist. One cannot believe in both at the same time; they cancel each other out. This is just plain willful ignorance to me and I've never understood it. Science, though not value free, is based on observable facts, many of which are vital to our well-being. In that spirit, I offer a quiz to see how much you know about science. As you read it, you'll note (I hope) that a lot of this has nothing to do with faith or religion, just about the way the world around you works. At least one of the questions has an important bearing on your health. Seriously, if you can't answer all of these correctly, your sixth grader is probably more with it than you are. Aren't you embarrassed?

Take the quiz below (created by the National Science Foundation for research purposes) to test your science savvy. 

1. The center of the Earth is very hot.
2. All radioactivity is man-made. 
3. It is the father’s gene that decides whether the baby is a boy or a girl.
4. Lasers work by focusing sound waves. 
5. Electrons are smaller than atoms. 
6. Antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria.
7. The universe began with a huge explosion. 
8. The continents on which we live have been moving their location for millions of years and will continue to move in the future.
9. Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.
10. Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth? 
11. How long does it take for the Earth to go around the sun?

Answers here:

1. True
2. False
3. True
4. False
5. True
6. False
7. True
8. True
9. True
10. Earth around Sun
11. One year

Scores:

10 or 11 right: You are a geek!
8 or 9 right: You will receive a lovely chemistry set as a parting gift
7: You need to bring a (Newtonian?) apple to bribe the teacher
6 or less: Like a scientist knows, it's good to learn from mistakes. Now crack those books!

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