Our high living standard in the US is largely a result of advances in science and technology, but the science education in our country leaves much to be desired. There is evidence that 63 million of us still believe that vaccines and autism are related, 144 million believe that the Earth and humans are less than 10,000 years old, and 82 million believe in Astrology. Perhaps on Pi day (March 14th or 3.1415), we could reexamine our beliefs in the light of current scientific knowledge and challenge any claim by asking: Is it plausible and where’s the evidence? We also should tell our children and grandchildren that a bachelor’s degree in Elizabethan history or Greek philosophy, while being educational, will probably not guarantee future employment.
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