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The new age of ignorance

Today's Observer newspaper reports on the public's knowledge of science and then asks a panel or well known people some science questions.

The questions were described as "basic" but weren't so I wasn't surprised that so few people got them entirely correct (since when is the Second Law of Thermodynamics considered basic?) - although some of the answers ("The sky is blue because the sea reflects on it") were amusing.

The problem is that the questions could have been much more basic (How many planets in the Solar System?) and I suspect most people would still have got them wrong.