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MOSCOW | Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:36pm EST

(Reuters) - Does the sun revolve around the Earth? One in every three Russians thinks so, a spokeswoman for state pollster VsTIOM said on Friday.

In a survey released this week, 32 percent of Russians believed the Earth was the center of the Solar system; 55 percent that all radioactivity is man-made; and 29 percent that the first humans lived when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.

"It's really quite amazing," spokeswoman Olga Kamenchuk said of the survey that polled 1,600 people across Russia's regions in January, with a 3.4-percent margin of error.

"All of them (the questions) were absolutely obvious... the data speaks of the low levels of education in the country."

However, people tend to forget what they have been taught at school if it is not part of daily use, she added: "I wonder whether our colleagues in other countries would find any different."

The study also found that women were more likely than men to believe the scientific fallacies.

(Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Paul Casciato)

Source: Reuters
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Posted by pdpete on February 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm
Even in this day and age it is almost unimaginable the amount of illiterate people there are in the developing countries,scary thought.
Posted by tibor on February 17, 2011 at 8:20 am
Hard to imagine that people still think that way. I am appalled that people don't or won't remember that Gallileo was imprisoned for his belief, contrary to the church's, that the Earth revolves around the sun. Was Galileo's time in prison in vain? Age is mandatory, growth is optional choose wisely people.
Posted by soccergod78 on February 25, 2011 at 11:57 am
Wow.....Really? I could belive this more if the study came from a third world country but Russia?They have had problems since the soviet union collapsed however i had no idea so many were lacking education. Hopefully this changes in the future for i believe one can take the initiative to educate themselves hence books and libraries.
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