02/18/2007: Michigan State University professor Jon D. Miller presented results that both encourage and trouble researchers regarding scientific literacy in America.
On one hand, people understand basic science twice as much (28%) as the last study (10%) in 1988. On the other hand, the trend of people believing astrology and extra-terrestrial aliens. He also expressed concern regarding the widespread belief in Biblical creationism over macro-evolution.
Considering that much of what passes as science today is mere psuedoscience–proclamations regarding evolution and catastrophic global warming come to mind–perhaps Miller should be alarmed at the nutballs among his own ranks.