Survey: third of Russians believe the sun revolves around the earth

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In a finding that would have pleased the early Christian Church, a survey published by the Russian Center of Public Opinion Research has revealed that thirty-two percent of Russians believe the sun revolves around the earth, repudiating a heliocentric solar system. The survey results come at a time when President Medvedev has called for a renaissance of the lunar and deep-space programs that kicked off in the Sputnik era.

Other findings from the survey showed that fifty-five percent of Russians think radioactivity is a human invention, while twenty-nine percent believe that humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs. (Your Flintstones joke here.) The survey found women more credulous when it comes to such superstitions, interestingly enough.

The survey, conducted among 1,600 people in varying regions with a 3.4 percent margin of error, shows that people are less concerned with basic astronomical findings than they are about putting food on the table. And maybe such immutable truths are irrelevant to many people's day-to-day lives. But still, you have to wonder about the state of Russian education.