Science literacy isn’t as bad as the statistics make it look

Read the catchy one-line statistics that circulate in the headlines and on social media and you’d be forgiven for thinking that public understanding of science is in a sorry state. A few months back, we heard that 80% of Americans want a warning label on any food that “contains DNA”. Earlier on, a poll found that 65% endorse the good old you-only-use-one-tenth-of-your-brain myth. And here in the UK, teachers seem to believe all kinds of brain myths, including a substantial minority (29%) who think that failing to drink enough water will literally shrink your brain. —> Read More