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Paridhi Vaid WRT 102.35 SWA # 2 Scientific Illiteracy on a High I recently read an article in New York Times that talked about the general scientific awareness among people. "What would happen to someone who was exposed to nitrogen gas and who breathed it in?" This simple question was asked of people in Elgin, Illinois. The results of the survey were astonishing. 100% of respondents said that someone exposed to nitrogen would probably die. We all know that every schoolchild is taught that three quarters of the air we breathe is nitrogen. Farmers and gardeners use bags of nitrogen as fertilizer. Yet when asked about this chemical, everyone assumed it was deadly. One person went so far as to suggest that someone exposed to nitrogen would "explode". Young and old, men and women; the results were unanimous. Do we still consider ourselves to be “scientifically literate”? The use of high tech instruments and machinery does not tag one as “Scientifically Literate”. I read an article in New York Times where Dr. Miller, a
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course WRT 102 taught by Professor Frost during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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