Over at his Genomics, Evolution, and Pseudoscience blog, Steven Salzberg has a post on the current public understanding of some basic scientific principles. The US National Science Board published the results of its latest report, which comes out every two years and serves as a gauge of how well Joe Consumer has learned (or has chosen to accept) fairly basic concepts. Salzberg highlights a few, but we'll stick with the first: evolution.

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